The deadly TriBeCa crane collapse which occurred in February was initially blamed on high winds. However, in a report by ABC Eyewitness News, it has been revealed that the United States Department of Labor (OSHA) has determined that it was operator error which caused this terrible incident. Specifically, the crane operator, in a rush to get the crane out of the wind, lowered the boom angle below 75 degrees and neglected the load charts in violation of the crane manufacturer's safety manual. In addition, the crane company, Galasso Trucking and Rigging, was cited for failing to have any procedure or policy regarding wind, ice and snow. This serves as little consolation to those injured and the family of the pedestrian killed by this crane. However, these findings undoubtedly assist the attorneys for the victims in their quest for justice and insuring that the negligent parties are held responsible for their actions.
Construction accidents involving heavy machinery, such as cranes, can cause debilitating injuries and in some cases death. The serious injuries suffered in heavy machinery accidents often force victims and their families to face financial hardships. For instance, injured construction workers may face lost wages due to time missed at work, as well as high medical bills not covered by insurance. Victims of crane accidents who have suffered any of the aforementioned financial hardships should seek the counsel of a construction accident lawyer.