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Fatal Crane Accident Results in the Death of Two Construction Workers

Every time we had downtown, we see that giant crane looming over the corner of 15th & Grand, and we think, wow...that's just incredible...and even more incredible about how much risk there is for the construction workers who have to man the crane...or even be in the vicinity of it. 

Unfortunately, accidents do happen...and when they do, they sometimes end in the most tragic of ways.

(from businessinsider.com) 

Two construction workers were killed on Tuesday in the New York City borough of Queens after they were crushed by a beam they were hoisting, local media outlets reported.

The workers were using a crane to lift the I-beam when it snagged on a part of the building structure, DNAinfo reported, citing a fire department spokesman and construction company employee.

The cable holding the beam then gave way, causing it to crash into the crane cab before falling onto the ground. Both the cab operator and the worker who had been holding the tether line were pronounced dead upon arrival.

Photos of the scene posted to social media by the New York Police Department and FDNY show the collapsed beam lying horizontally, with one end still embedded in the top of the crane cab.

The workers, a 43-year-old man and a 47-year-old man, have not yet been identified.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said during a press conference it's unclear whether the cause of the accident was mechanical or human error.

When these tragic accidents happen...what happens next? What happens to the families of the workers?

Death benefits are payable to the dependents of the employee. Benefits are first payable to the surviving spouse for life or until remarriage. Dependent children are entitled to the benefits until they reach age 18, or age 25 if they are actually dependent.

Others may qualify, if there is a showing of actual dependency. Upon remarriage, if there are no dependent children, the surviving spouse is entitled to a two-year lump sum settlement. Burial expenses not to exceed twelve times the statewide average weekly wage in effect at the time of death are paid in addition to the weekly death benefits.

It's important to know these rights. Employers and insurance companies often just want the situation/accident to "go away". Eric, Randy, and Sarah will fight vigorously for you to ensure that that does not happen.

Visit our website www.LoneyLaw.com or call us at 515-225-4485.

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