Construction Worker Lungo Oleg, of Brooklyn, Died In Newburgh Crane Accident At Strip Mall On Route 300 In Orange County
NEWBURGH, NEW YORK (March 19, 2022) – A construction worker identified as Lungo Oleg, of Brooklyn, has tragically died in a crane accident at a popular strip mall on Route 300.
Orange County police officials are saying that the accident took place on Thursday. Lungo Oleg was working at a construction site at a strip mall that is being turned into a HomeGoods store.
At some point the construction worked was pinned by a knuckle boom that was being used to offload steel beams from a truck. Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the accident in order to help the victim.
Despite life-saving measures, Lungo Oleg died due to the severity of his injuries. A full investigation by OSHA remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Newburgh Crane Accidents
Cranes can be very dangerous and are responsible for numerous injuries and fatalities every year. 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 potential factors that could be involved in crane accidents.
- Many accidents are due to operator error.
- Cranes may buckle or collapse due to excessive loads.
- Cranes may collapse due to improper assembly.
- Cranes may collapse due to mechanical failures.
Depending on the facts of any case, there may be numerous liable parties for a crane accident. The owner of a crane could potentially be liable for an accident if the crane malfunctioned due to some sort of design defect. The company that set up a crane could potentially be held at fault. Cranes are too large to be moved around fully assembled. They must be assembled at the specific construction site where they will be used. Mistakes are often made during that process. There are number of things that should be done after a crane accident.
- Photos of the accident site should be taken.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Maintenance records should be examined.
- A thorough, independent investigation should be conducted.
The family of any victim that died in a crane collapse accident may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral expenses. It is extremely important that evidence is properly preserved after an accident. A New York crane accident attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Newburgh Crane Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of Lungo Oleg. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be a thorough investigation for the sake of all who have lost so much.
Do you need more information about a Newburg crane accident? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.