Construction Safety Expert Witnesses & NYC Crane Collapse

fg_000005319686What areas may construction safety expert witnesses consult on? These experts are trained in accident reconstruction, building code compliance, general contractor standards, building sites, OSHA regulation, and related matters. Due to the perpetual movement of heavy machinery and heavy objects in the construction industry, there is a constant danger to workers and passersby.

Investigators are on the scene of a deadly crane collapse in lower Manhattan. The 565 foot crane crashed onto the street killing one pedestrian and injuring three others as the crew was lowering the crane due to high winds. NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer is on record for criticizing the New York City Department of Buildings over significant crane collapses in the city. After a safety audit finalized in November 2015, Stringer said “Crane safety is a crisis.”

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration describes the dangers of cranes and derricks in construction.

Moving large, heavy loads is crucial to today’s manufacturing and construction industries. Much technology has been developed for these operations, including careful training and extensive workplace precautions. There are significant safety issues to be considered, both for the operators of the diverse “lifting” devices, and for workers in proximity to them.

The Compliance Directive for Cranes and Derricks in Construction Standard may be found on the OSHA website.

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