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Crane Collapses in Upstate NY


Syracuse & Albany Attorneys Representing Workers Injured by Cranes, Hoists and Derricks

New Yorkers experienced two highly visible crane collapses in 2008, both resulting in numerous deaths of construction workers and bystanders. Media coverage was intense, but most people saw the crane collapse as an isolated incident.

In fact, crane, hoist and derrick accidents are far from rare. The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries reports 632 crane-related construction worker deaths involving 610 crane incidents from 1992-2006. That is more than the 40 construction workers’ deaths a year caused by crane-related construction accidents.

Four types of cranes are involved in most crane-related fatalities: mobile or truck cranes, overhead or gantry cranes, tower cranes and floating or barge cranes. The types of accidents that caused fatal crane accidents were:

If your family member died in a construction crane accident in New York, the Syracuse lawyers at Powers & Santola, LLP, can help you hold the responsible parties accountable. We provide legal help to ensure your family receives the financial resources you need. Contact our upstate New York law office to schedule a free consultation.

How Do Crane Collapses Occur?

Using a crane on an unstable, uneven or icy surface is the number one error that accounts for construction worker fatalities, followed by overloading the crane. At Powers and Santola, we have seen crane accident cases in which the crane was trying to lift a two-ton air conditioning unit when it was only rated with a 1-ton capability. The cable broke and the huge unit fell, killing workers below.

We have seen cases in which workers were being hoisted up to work on elevations, either on a small platform or, in one instance, the worker was standing on a hook to do mortar work 30 feet above ground. The worker died from the fall.

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New York crane collapse attorney Daniel Santola has been handling crane accident and construction worker fatality cases for more than two decades. He has been named one of the “Best Lawyers in America” and has handled hundreds of cases for injured workers and grieving families. He has recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for injured construction workers.

If you have lost a loved one in a crane collapse, you can count on sound legal advice and aggressive representation. Contact Powers & Santola, LLP., to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Albany attorney.