March 2023 Construction Accident Reap By Michael Joseph on March 26, 2023



This month there was a tragic death of a construction worker at the new Chase Bank headquarters building in midtown Manhattan, This latest construction accident fatality is a heartbreaking reminder of the risks that come with working in construction. Unfortunately, these risks continue to result in fatalities depsite New York imposing laws that seeks to eliminate these risks by requiring that construction workers be provided with safe equipment to prevent these types of accidents from occurring.  According to New York' s Labor law 240, also known as New York's scaffold law, contractors and property owners must take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of workers on elevated structures, which includes providing safe scaffolds, ladders, life lines, harnesses and fall protection. The labor law provides protection for workers who are injured due to falling from scaffolds, ladders or other elevated structures as a result of inadequate safety measures taken by employers and property owners.  When construction project owners and general contractors fail to provide safety equipment and a construction worker dies as a result, the construction worker's family can sue the landowner and general contractor for damages including the full financial loss that the family sustained as a result of the death.

As New York City officials investigate this incident, it is important to remember that labor law 240 was created with the intention of protecting construction workers from preventable accidents and injuries. If this worker had been wearing a harnass and life life, this construction fatality never would have occurred.  General contratctors must do their part to protect construction workers on elevated structures and follow labor laws to prevent tragedies like this one from happening. If your loved one was killed in a construction accident and you need a New York City lawyer that handles construction fatality accidents, call our NYC wrongful death lawyers for a free consultation. 


Westchester County which was once a quiet suburb of New York City was the scene of a serious crane accident on March 17, 2023.. The incident involved a crane and left two individuals with injuries that required medical attention. The construction site, located next to 245 Saw Mill River Road (Route 9A) in Hawthorne, was conducting work for Amazon at its new site when the accident happened .

Crane accidents are a major contributor to workplace fatalities and injuries on construction sites. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2019, crane-related incidents accounted for more than 20 percent of all fatal construction site injuries. In 2020, the number of crane-related fatalities increased from 44 in 2019 to 53 nationwide. The most common causes of crane accidents include mechanical or electrical failure, improper installation by workers or contractors, and miscommunication between workers. Other contributing factors may include poor maintenance, operator inexperience or negligence, and overloaded cranes. In addition to the human cost of these incidents, they can cause significant financial losses in terms of property damage, equipment repair costs, fines from regulatory bodies, and loss of productivity.

To reduce the risks associated with crane accidents, it is important for employers to ensure that workers are properly trained in all aspects of crane operation and maintenance. Additionally, employers should provide regular safety training for personnel operating cranes on their construction site. Finally, employers should develop and enforce standard procedures for crane operation, as well as ensure that all site personnel are aware of these guidelines. By prioritizing safety in the workplace and adhering to proper protocol and regulations, employers can help reduce the risks associated with crane accidents on construction sites.

By taking proactive measures to prevent crane accidents, employers can help protect their workers from serious injury or death, as well as minimize the financial losses associated with these incidents. Crane accidents are a serious concern in the workplace, and according to data from Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, they result in dozens of fatalities each year. Employers must meet the safety standards established by OSHA to ensure that workers remain safe while operating cranes, and failure to do so can result in costly fines and penalties. To help reduce the risk of such accidents, employers should make sure all crane operators are properly trained and certified in accordance with OSHA safety regulations. Additionally, employers must regularly inspect cranes to ensure they remain in good working condition and meet established safety standards.

New York's Labor Law 241(6), has a number of regulations that are intended to prevent crane accidents on construction sites. If you or someone you know has been injured in a similar construction accident involving a crane or other heavy machinery, then it is important to understand your rights under New York law. Crane accidents can often lead to severe physical and financial losses that may require filing an official lawsuit against the responsible party in order to seek compensation for these damages.

Our Manhattan construction accident lawyers and White Plains crane accident attorneys understand the complexities of litigation involving construction accidents and are committed to helping our clients pursue justice for their losses. Our attorneys will work diligently to ensure that their clients receive maximum financial compensation for the damages caused by Crane accidents and other construction-related safety violations.

If you have been hurt in an accident involving a Crane or other heavy machinery, please contact our experienced legal team today for a free consultation. We are here to serve you in your time of need. 

The priority should be the health and well-being of those harmed in Crane Accidents and other construction site incidents Our New York City and Westchester construction accident lawyers strive to make sure our clients are compensated when they are injured because their rights under the law are not protected.  Our Westchester construction injury lawyers fight to hold the responsible party that has negligently caused injury or death from Crane Accidents and other similar events on job sites accountable. Get in touch with us today to learn more about how we can help you seek financial compensation for the losses caused by Crane Accidents and other construction-related injuries. Let us fight for your rights, so you can focus on healing and moving forward. Contact the construction accident lawyers at teh Law Office of Michael H. Joseph PLLC now! We are here to serve you.

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