Vehicle Accident at New York Construction Sites
Bronx Accident Lawyers
Construction sites are extremely busy and often crowded with vehicles — delivery trucks, forklifts, cranes, excavators, sheers, steer loaders, compactors, bulldozers, trenchers and backhoes.
It’s the job of the general contractor to ensure the construction site is safe for ALL workers. When it comes to vehicles, this can mean:
- Minimizing opportunities for vehicles and workers to interact
- Installing barriers so vehicles can’t get too close to trenches or excavations
- Establishing traffic patterns that keep backhoes and bulldozers away from high-voltage lines
- Ensuring that proper equipment is used for the job
The failure of property owners and general contractors to follow the requirements of the New York’s Labor Laws, city building permits and building codes, and OSHA regulations can put workers’ lives at risk. When injuries and deaths result, owners and contractors can be held strictly liable for damages.
Our equipment and trucking accident attorneys have helped hundreds of injured construction workers throughout the New York metro area. Over the past two decades, we’ve recovered more than $100 million in damages for injured people and families who have lost a loved one to wrongful death. We invite you to review some of the successful results we’ve achieved for our clients.
The Dangers of Cranes
Cranes are essential equipment for building, cleaning and repairing large structures. There are two types of cranes: mobile cranes and tower cranes. Any crane can be dangerous. Instability from overloading the crane or insufficient ballast is one of the primary causes of crane accidents, as well as improper foundations, supports and bracing.
New York’s Labor Law Sections 240(1) and 241(6) apply to crane operations.
- Section 240(1) requires contractors and property owners to furnish or erect scaffolding, hoists, stays, ladders, slings, hangers, blocks, pulleys, braces, irons, ropes and other devices to give proper protection to a construction worker.
- Section 241(6) requires that the general contractor or property owner provides adequate protection to workers and visitors on the construction site.
New York’s State Industrial Code also covers mobile cranes, tower cranes and derricks. Sections 23-8.1 through 8.5 explain the laws governing use of cranes. The code requires that cranes and derricks be inspected monthly for stability and strength. This inspection includes footings, hoisting mechanisms, brakes and locking devices, load handling and hoisting loads. It places limits on modifications that can be done to the equipment. It requires guards on various moving parts and it establishes guidelines for use near power lines and in concrete work.
Talk to an Experienced New York Crane Accident Attorney Today
The law office of Oresky & Associates, pllc., represents injured workers in New York State, including New York City, the Bronx, Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn (Kings County), Staten Island (Richmond County), Westchester, Long Island, Suffolk County and Nassau County.