A little over a week ago, on March 15, a giant crane at least 15 stories tall collapsed at a construction site in New York City and destroyed a neighboring townhouse. The collapse killed seven people and injured at least 17 others.
According to New York City’s building department records, on March 4, a caller told city officials that the upper part of the crane appeared to lack the proper number of ties to the building. On March 6, a city inspector allegedly visited the site and determined there was no violation. However, it’s been recently reported that the inspector lied and had never inspected the crane. The inspector was arrested and charged with falsifying business records, which is a felony in New York.
With a building boom still ongoing in New York City, residents have long complained about unsafe construction sites. One resident living near a building site suggested that concerned individuals take videos of the sites and post them on YouTube.
The Oregon and Washington construction accident lawyers at D’Amore & Associates have handled numerous cases involving injuries or deaths at contruction sites. Cranes and other machines used at construction sites can be particularly dangerous. One client of D’Amore & Associates died as a result of being crushed between a wall and a large machine when the machine swiveled and caught the worker in a “pinch point.” Attorney Tom D’Amore negotiated a significant legal settlement on behalf of the man’s surviving children.
If you or a family member has been seriously injured or killed as a result of a construction site accident, contact the experienced construction accident attorneys at D’Amore & Associates for a FREE CONSULTATION. D’Amore & Associates represents clients in Oregon, Washington and California.