Construction Accidents And Their Causes

As discussed throughout this site, including on the “Personal Injury Categories” page, there are many different categories of personal injuries.

One category is that of work accidents.  Another category is that of construction accidents, further discussed on the “Illinois Construction Accidents” page.

Accidents that happen in the workplace, as well as those that occur during construction, can happen for a variety of reasons.  Some of these reasons include improper safety procedures, worker error, poor communication, faulty equipment, and an act of God.

One example of a fatal construction accident happened on Friday (February 5, 2016) in New York City.  The fatal accident involved a large crane that collapsed in Lower Manhattan.

While it is not yet known as to what caused this accident, other details concerning the accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Tribune article (with video and pictures) of February 5 (titled “Manhattan crane collapse leaves 1 dead, 3 seriously hurt“) as well as the February 5 CNBC article titled “Crane collapses in downtown New York: FDNY.”

An excerpt from the Chicago Tribune article:

A huge construction crane being lowered to safety in a snow squall plummeted onto a Lower Manhattan street Friday, killing a Wall Street worker and leaving three people hurt by debris that scattered as the rig’s lengthy boom fell, officials said.

The mobile crane’s boom landed across an intersection, smashed several car roofs and stretched much of a block after the accident around 8:25 a.m. at a historic building about 10 blocks north of the World Trade Center.

Of the three people injured, two were said to be “seriously injured” and one suffered minor injuries.  It is not clear as to what the accident injuries were or if they were considered to be “life-threatening” in nature.

Additional details regarding this crane collapse can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Tribune and CNBC articles mentioned above.


Should you or someone you care for experience injury or other harm in Illinois, please contact the Elman Joseph Law Group for a free consultation to discuss the situation and to see if filing of a personal injury lawsuit is warranted.

Elman Joseph Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 20+ years Elman Joseph Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 20+ year period, Elman Joseph Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.  In fact, because of these court trial accomplishments, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Joseph Law Group take cases to court.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Joseph Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free.

Elman Joseph Law Group works on a “contingency” basis…Elman Joseph Law Group’s clients never pay a fee unless and until they receive monetary compensation.

Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

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