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Construction workers' accidents: Crane accident leads to charges

When employers in New York are deemed grossly negligent in cases that led to serious injuries to workers, they stand a chance of being criminally charged. One of the many construction workers' accidents in New York led to assault charges against a subcontractor and a site superintendent after two workers suffered life-altering injuries. The incident that gave rise to these charges occurred in June.

According to court documents, the subcontractor arranged for the delivery of a mini crane to the construction site without city permission. The site superintendent then allegedly directed an employee to operate the crane, disregarding the fact that neither the worker nor any of his co-workers were trained to operate this type of equipment. This worker was tasked with hoisting glass panels from the second to the fourth floor, even though he did not know about the need to tether the crane and what the machine's load capacity was.

Further allegations state that two workers on the third floor were instructed to guide the glass panels as they were hoisted to the level above, on which the crane was positioned. However, the glass panels were too heavy, causing the crane to topple over the edge of the building. The falling crane struck the two workers on the third floor -- one suffered severe head trauma that left him with traumatic brain injuries and impaired ability to walk and speak. The second worker has problems with moving and walking because he suffered severe injuries to his spinal cord.

Victims of construction workers' accidents in New York are entitled to workers' compensation benefits, and in a case such as this one, they might also have grounds to pursue personal injury lawsuits in a civil court. Workers' compensation benefits are typically limited, and an attorney with experience in this field can assess the viability of such claims. If the assault charges are successful, the chances of a successful civil lawsuit will increase, and the injured workers might be able to recover compensation that is more comprehensive.

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