A terrifying falling objects accident in New York City earlier this month left passersby frightened but uninjured. The accident occurred at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on West Side Highway around 10 in the morning. A crew was on the site lifting heavy steel I-beams to an upper floor using a large crane when the beam in questions smashed into the structure and sent another beam tumbling to the scaffolding below. The scaffolding partially collapsed and debris spilled into the roadway.
Crews were quick to respond and blocked off the area to prevent any potential danger while the beams were removed and the scaffolding structure was stabilized.
The Department of Buildings responded quickly and shut the jobsite down while cleanup was underway. They also immediately launched an investigation into this latest falling objects accident in New York City to find the cause and assign fault. Concern surrounding weather conditions, the experience of the crane operator, and whether the signalperson was qualified to be directing the lift will no doubt be focuses of their inquiry.
Thankfully nobody was injured by the massive steel beams as they fell. In recent year several construction workers (and even passersby near jobsites) have been injured and killed by falling debris. Indeed, this type of deadly construction accident is by far one of the most common in New York City and still continues to this day in spite of the mountains of regulations pertaining to the training of operators and very specific conditions under which massive cranes must be used.
New York’s Labor Law can be invoked under these circumstances which would hold the property owner and general contractor for the project absolutely liable for an injured worker’s injuries.
If you’ve been injured by falling debris, contact an experienced falling objects accident lawyer in New York City to represent you. The professionals at the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel have helped injured workers and innocent bystanders like you get the money they deserve. Call 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 right now.