A dangerous construction accident in Brooklyn sent one worker to the hospital after a large wooden crate fell from a crane. The falling objects accident in Bedford-Stuyvesant happened just after noon on Monday April 24th. The crane’s payload contained several heavy glass window panes that were being hoisted high above the jobsite.
It’s unclear exactly how or why the crate came loose and tumbled to the ground but Department of Building investigators were on the scene in search of any wrong-doing. In many falling objects accidents like this in New York, poorly maintained equipment and improper rigging have contributed to serious injuries.
Thankfully, it appears as if the load wasn’t that high off the ground when it fell. (Pictures released by media outlets after the fact show a pile of windows and the wooden crate they were held in laying on the ground apparently unbroken.)
The unnamed victim in this latest falling object accident in New York City was initially stabilized on the scene by EMTs working in the back of an ambulance. However, it soon became clear the individual’s injuries were very severe and the man needed to be rushed to nearby Brookdale Hospital where he was listed in serious condition.
If safety procedures were ignored or safety equipment not provided, the general contractor for the jobsite and the property owner could be found absolutely liable, under the New York Labor Law, for the victim’s injuries. These laws require certain safety equipment to be used and available and if violated, the general contractor and property owner will be held completely responsible for the accident regardless of the worker’s actions. The Labor Law can be invoked to help the injured worker recover pain and suffering damages, unpaid medical and hospital bills and lost income both present and in the future.
If you’ve been injured in a construction accident in NYC, contact an experienced falling objects accident attorney today.