On September 4, 2008, another construction worker died from a fall from a crane. The New York Times, September 5, 2008, B1.
The accident occurred at the building shown at left. The tower crane was being dismantled. The worker, a part of a team of seven men, was working on a platform attached to the crane about 40 floors from the ground. The platform apparently tilted, and the rigger, Anthony Esposito, lost his footing and fell to the ground. The Building Department is investigating to see if the platform was properly anchored. It appears that the platform was secured at two points rather than four.
It appears that master rigger who should have supervised the job did not do so. Also there were unsafe conditions at the site. See The New York Times, September 6, 2008, B3.
This has been the third fatal crane accident in the last six months.
This unfortunate pattern of fatal crane accidents indicate that the City must do more to make sure that construction sites are safe. It appears that the City has not kept-up with inspections and supervision in view of the City building boom. In essence, the City has turned a blind eye since construction means jobs and increased revenues to the City.
Furthermore, this pattern of accidents point to the need to uphold Labor Law 240 (1) which makes building owners and general contractors liable for safety conditions. Now, more than ever, New York’s construction workers need the protections of the Labor Law.
If you have involved in a construction or crane accident, please feel free to call us at 800-581-1434.
Mark E. Seitelman, September 7, 2008, www.seitelman.com.