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Employees Critically Injured After Building Materials Fall Through Roof

When dealing with a job that involves the use of a crane...the utmost caution must be taken. Additional caution needs to be taken when it appears that the engineer hadn't received the necessary approval for the job.


Three hardhats were injured - two critically - when a load of building materials smashed through the roof of the Queens home they were working in Tuesday afternoon, fire officials said.

The workers were in the basement of 31-25 28th Road in Long Island City when the mishap occurred around 3:40 p.m.

Two of the men were quickly pulled out of the rubble and rushed to Elmhurst Hospital, but it took firefighters about two hours to rescue the third.

The incident was blamed on a bundle of laminated beams, concrete blocks and bags of cement that a crane operator hoisted onto the brick building's roof for use in constructing its third-floor addition.

But load was too heavy, sending the materials "right through the roof into the cellar," Nigro said.

A city Buildings Department official, Timothy Hogan, said the agency was investigating whether an engineer had approved delivering the material to the roof instead of at ground level, as required by law.

If an unfortunate incident should happen, we at Loney & Schueller are ready and able to help. Dealing with a work-related injury creates an abundance of physical, mental, and emotional stress. Let us help ease that stress by ensuring you get the proper compensation that you've rightfully deserved.

Call Eric, Randy, and Sarah at 515-225-4485. We will hear your claim, go over your rights with you, and together, we will find the appropriate course of action to be taken. We have over 30 years of combined experience in the workers' compensation field, and we are ready to put that experience to work for you!

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