New York City Construction Accident Attorney Calls for Safety Measures after Fatal Manhattan Crane Collapse

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New York City construction accident lawyer, Kenneth A. Wilhelm stresses the need for better crane safety at work sites following the deadly crane collapse in Lower Manhattan, which killed one person and injured several others.

One person was killed and three others were injured when a crane collapsed at a Lower Manhattan street, hitting buildings before crashing down on parked vehicles. According to a report in The New York Times, workers were trying to secure the crane when it toppled onto Worth Street just before 8:30 a.m. Feb. 5 The crane crashed onto roughly two blocks of roadway causing gas and water main leaks in the area. The Times reports that the piece of construction equipment was so massive that its boom measured about 565 feet.

The person who was killed was sitting in a car parked on Worth Street when the crane fell, according to the Times. Two people were seriously injured and one more person suffered relatively minor injuries, according to the report.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family members of the deceased victim," said New York personal injury lawyer Kenneth A. Wilhelm. "It is indeed fortunate that more people were not seriously injured considering this huge crane collapsed during a busy time of day in an area that's normally bustling with activity."

The crane was being operated on 60 Hudson Street – the site of the former Western Union building. The machine known as a "crawler crane" was last inspected by the city's Buildings Department a day before its collapse. City officials had approved an extension to its present length. The Times news article also stated that the equipment was being used to replace generators and air-conditioning units on top of the building.

Wilhelm called for better enforcement of the city's safety regulations when it comes to large cranes. "These are extremely dangerous pieces of equipment that require daily safety inspections," he said. "As we saw in this tragic incident, crane accidents can result in catastrophic injuries and fatalities involving not just construction workers, but also passersby."

Wilhelm said he hopes there will be a thorough investigation into how and why this fatal crane accident occurred. "It may be months before we know all the facts of this case and understand what went wrong and how it may have been avoided," he said.

It's also crucial that victims and their families get the support and resources they need during this difficult time. "Victims and their families in such cases endure not only emotional trauma, but also severe financial strain. It is important that their legal rights and best interests are protected."

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