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Steel beam falls and leads to fatal construction accident

With the amount of building and maintenance throughout New York, construction workers know they can earn good pay doing this type of work. Even with that, there are still inherent dangers that go along with it. These dangers can lead to catastrophic injuries and even fatalities. Issues such as dangerous conditions and falls are often the reason these accidents occur. For the injured party and his or her family, a legal filing can help with paying for the costs and aftermath of such an incident.

Two construction workers, 47 and 43, died when in a lunchtime accident when they were hit by a falling steel beam that weighed approximately 6,500 pounds. The beam came loose from a crane that was working on an apartment complex. It was around four stories high when the accident happened. As it fell, it hit the man who was operating the crane and then hit a man on the ground who was assisting in guiding it. When emergency personnel arrived at the scene, the men were already dead.

The investigation as to how and why the beam fell is ongoing. The day was particularly windy, however it is believed that there might have been an issue with how the crane was rigged. In New York, the rules of working construction when the winds reach a certain level were recently changed. The new rules related to steady winds going beyond 20 miles-per-hour and wind gusts reaching 30 m.p.h. or higher and disallowed crawler crane operation. These new rules expired in the spring and went back to their original requirements in which steady winds had to be 30 m.p.h. or higher to restrict this work. On the day of this accident, it is said that wind speeds were in excess of 30 m.p.h. at certain times.

The key with determining what happened in a construction accident is the investigation. When a person has been injured while working construction, the concerns that will arise include medical expenses and hospitalization and the possibility that the person will be out of work for a significant period or can no longer work at all. If there is a fatality, the family will have to move forward without a loved one and breadwinner in the household. With these factors, it is imperative that the family have a full grasp of the case to move forward with litigation to be compensated with help from an experienced attorney.

Source: New York Times, "2 Workers Killed in Construction Accident in Queens," Eli Rosenberg, John Surico, Nov. 22, 2016

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