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New Safety Measures Always Seem to Come Too Late

Many of us have seen the images and video of that horrific crane accident in New York. It's absolutely incredible that only person was killed during that accident. As the investigation unfolds, we're finding out more and more what happened. 

(from nytimes.com)

Two days after a 38-year-old man was killed by a crawler crane thatcollapsed onto a Lower Manhattan street as workers tried to secure it against accelerating winds, Mayor Bill de Blasio said New York City was lowering the wind-speed threshold at which such equipment must be shut down.

The change, which was to take effect on Monday, was one of several new policies Mr. de Blasio announced on Sunday as investigators worked to determine what caused the fatal collapse and officials faced questions about the city's protocol for ensuring crane safety.

The new rules would require crawler cranes to stop operating and go into safety mode under two scenarios: when there is a forecast for steady wind speeds of 20 miles per hour or higher or gusts of at least 30 m.p.h., and when actual readings reach those levels. Previously, such cranes could operate until measured wind speeds reached 30 m.p.h. or gusts increased to 40 m.p.h., though individual manufacturers sometimes set stricter standards.

We are very happy that further safety measures will be put in place, but we still shake our heads at the fact that it always seems to take a horrific accident to take place before the proper measures are enacted.

How many times have you been at work...perhaps doing construction or working in a warehouse, and think to yourself...these conditions don't seem particularly safe? Or perhaps know that a piece of equipment isn't functioning properly, but no one does anything just because "it's always been like that".

Employers are required to make sure their employees are protected while on the job site. Proper safety measures must be put in place, and followed! Too many employers fail to be proactive when it comes to this, and it, unfortunately, comes at the expense of the hard-working employee.

If you have been hurt while at work, it's imperative you know your options and rights. An employer will try and do what they can to cut corners & costs...at your expense. No matter how valued of an employee you might be, they will try and make deals with you to accept less than what you're rightfully awarded.

Call Eric, Randy, and Sarah at 515-225-4485...we will go over your claim with you, and together, we will fight to ensure you get the proper compensation. We are strong believers in the employee's rights...YOUR rights!

Call us today, or visit us at Loneylaw.com.

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