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June 23, 2009

Lighthouse Point, Florida Crane Accident Kills Coconut Creek Man

Despite the recent economic downturn, cranes can be seen dotting the South Florida horizon, especially in the downtown areas of Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade County.  This equipment has undoubtedly helped our society build higher and faster than at any other time in history.  However, this equipment also poses a real danger of construction site accidents and injuries due to crane failure and improper operation.  This danger of injury or death is present in various types of crane systems including mobile, truck and rail mounted cranes and overhead cranes.

Just recently, a Coconut Creek man was pinned beneath a crane after it collapsed while performing maintenance on a seawall.  The man was pulled from the twisted wreckage by his co-workers, but later died from his crane collapse injuries at North Broward Medical Center.  The accident is currently being investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). 

According to the Sun-Sentinel, there have been 26 such crane accidents in the South Florida area since 1990.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 72 crane-related fatal occupational injuries in 2006 and an average of 78 crane-related fatalities from 2003-2005.  Florida had the second highest fatal occupational crane injuries in the nation with 27 deaths from 2003 to 2006.

When crane accidents cause injury or death from either the crane collapsing or objects falling from the crane, it is often a labor intensive process to determine liability.  Many times, a party other than the employer of the operator is responsible or at least partially responsible for the injuries caused by a crane accident--whether it be the manufacturer of the crane that failed to properly design, manufacture or warn against dangers of the crane, the owner of the crane that failed to properly maintain or inspect the crane, or any number of potentially liable parties.  Because so many various scenarios can occur on construction sites with crane accidents, if you have been injured in a crane accident, it is important to contact an attorney that is experienced in handling construction and crane accidents to ensure your rights are protected throughout the process.

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March 11, 2009

Construction Accidents in Broward and Miami-Dade

Although the downturn in the economy has slowed construction in Broward and Miami-Dade county, the familiar image of numerous cranes dotting the skyline and the commonplace sound of hammering and building are still fresh in the Floridian mind.  With all this new construction also comes the potential for injury and death from construction accidents.  These accidents often include falls, electric shock, tool injuries, equipment failure such as defective cranes, and other accidents that can cause serious injury or death.

According to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2007 there were 27,900 construction accidents in private industry in Florida.  Although not limited to construction accidents, 362 people died in work related injuries in Florida in 2007.  The number of construction site accidents has risen to such a level of concern that the Florida legislature was motivated in February to propose a bill that would create a state safety standard for the use of cranes at construction and demolition sites.

Often times construction site accidents are handled through workers' compensation claims.  There are complex instances that require the help of a South Florida personal injury attorney in order to fully investigate and determine if liability will be covered by a workers' compensation claim or some other type of personal injury claim.  With the growing number of job site accidents, it is important for workers and others to exercise caution while on a construction site, but also to fully know their rights if an injury does occur.

Our firm's lead partner, Dan Cytryn, obtained an $11.5 million dollar jury verdict for the mother of a young man who died in a fall from a construction site roof. 

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