5 Injured In Manhattan Crane Collapse Along 9th Avenue
MANHATTAN, NEW YORK (January 26, 2023) – At least five people were injured in a Manhattan construction accident after a crane collapsed along 9th Avenue.
New York City police officials are saying that the incident took place around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday. A crane collapsed by a 17-story building construction project.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene in order to help all of the victims. A total of five people were injured and three people were seriously injured.
An investigation into what may have caused the crane collapse remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Manhattan Construction Accidents
Many construction accidents involve cranes. Cranes are an essential component of most construction projects. But they can also be very dangerous. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “From 2011 to 2015, the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) reported 220 total crane-related deaths, an average of 44 per year over this 5-year period. Men accounted for 217 of the 220 fatal injuries involving cranes.” There are a number of common causes of crane collapse accidents.
- Cranes may collapse due to improper assembly.
- Cranes may collapse due to mechanical failures.
- Cranes may collapse due to carrying excessive loads.
Depending on the facts of any case, a construction company could be liable for a construction accident through New York Labor Law § 200. This statute is a codification of an employer’s general duty to maintain job sites in a safe condition. According to the statute, “All machinery, equipment, and devices in such places shall be so placed, operated, guarded, and lighted as to provide reasonable and adequate protection to all such persons.” Victims of construction accidents tend to suffer very serious and costly injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
Construction sites tend to be very complex and often involve multiple companies working together. There could be numerous liable parties for any crane collapse including the manufacturer of the crane involved. Any person that is injured in a crane collapsed may have legal recourse through a civil claim. A construction accident attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating New York City Construction Accidents
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to all of the people injured in this Manhattan construction accident. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what went wrong.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Manhattan crane collapse? You may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that accident victims get the medical and financial support that they need in order to recover. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.