In March 2008, a New York City crane accident left seven people dead. It was determined that the inspection of the crane, along with several others, was falsified by a crane inspector.
The crane inspector faced criminal charges for his role in the deadly crane accident, but he was later acquitted. He was, however, convicted of falsifying records and was recently sentenced to five years’ probation. He must also complete 1,000 hours of community service and pay a fine of $5,000.
Cranes are often a necessary part of construction work in New York City. They are needed to build the skyscrapers that line the city skyline. While they are incredibly useful, they can also be highly dangerous.
As readers of this blog may recall, a crane accident last month in Queens left seven people with injuries. According to The Wall Street Journal, a crane operator and contractor are to blame. They reportedly failed to inspect the equipment and used the crane improperly.
When a crane is not properly inspected or improperly used, deadly accidents can occur. People who are injured in a crane accident may suffer severe and sometimes permanent injuries.
When New York City residents are injured in a crane accident as a result of poor maintenance or other factors, they may pursue compensation through a civil lawsuit. The money that is awarded through a successful civil suit can be used to cover medical expenses and lost wages.
To be sure a crane accident victim and their family members receive the compensation that they are entitled to, residents of New York City would be wise to consider working with an experienced personal injury attorney.
Source: The Huffington Post, “Edward Marquette Gets No Prison Time For Faking NYC Crane Inspections,” Feb. 14, 2013