Maryland residents may have read that an industrial air conditioner fell 30 stories and damaged the side of a building in midtown New York City on May 31 at about 10:45 a.m. The unit was being hoisted to the top of the building with a crane when a cable snapped. Authorities say that 10 people including two construction workers were hurt by the debris that fell. They were taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
New York City Mayor de Blasio said that a full investigation would be undertaken regarding the accident. However, authorities said that the crane seemed to be in good working order and that necessary permits were in place before the work began. Buses that were traveling in the vicinity of the accident had to be rerouted due to the crash.
Those who are hurt in workplace accidents on a construction site or anywhere else during the course of their employment may end up being unable to return to work for prolonged periods of time. It may be possible to obtain workers’ compensation benefits that may be used to help pay medical bills related to the injury. Benefits may also help an injured worker pay daily living expenses while he or she is out of work and unable to earn a paycheck.
Injured workers may want to ask a lawyer to review their situation in order to determine their eligibility to file a claim for workers’ compensation. In some cases, it may be possible to also pursue a separate lawsuit against a non-employer third party, such as the manufacturer of a defective piece of machinery that caused the injury.
Source: News 4 New York, Air Conditioning Unit Plunges Nearly 30 Stories in Midtown Crane Accident; 10 Hurt, May 31, 2015