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Recent crane accident continues dangerous trend

Based on the amount of construction accidents that happen in New York, you would think that it is the only place where construction takes place. But the troubles at construction sites are universal, and an accident in any state carries a workplace safety message for everyone.

Yesterday, a crane collapse at a construction site of a high-rise apartment building endangered workers at the scene. Though the crane accident wasn't fatal for any workers or passersby, some did sustain injuries as a result of the incident.

One worker described the damage that the falling crane did as happening "like a hot knife through butter." If the building was damaged that easily by the crane, imagine how dangerous the out-of-control equipment could have been for the construction workers at the site.

Seven workers at the construction site were reportedly injured, with the worst of the injuries being broken bones. Though not life-threatening, something as so-called "minor" as a broken bone can result in a person's inability to work. If it was negligence that caused the crane accident, a broken bone is an expensive result of a preventable incident.

There are many health threats at the site of any construction job. It is crucial within that industry, therefore, for the proper safety regulations to always be in place. One wrong move or act of negligence can lead to a domino effect of danger and potential death. A crane collapses, hits and breaks scaffolding and sends workers down, for example.

Our law firm helps victims of construction accidents fight for the compensation that they need and deserve.

Source: The Associated Press, "Crane collapses at NYC construction site; 3 trapped underneath it rescued, 4 others also hurt," Jan. 9, 2013

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