Another crane accident occurred in the tri-state area on Thursday, February 17. Authorities dispatched an inspector with the U.S. Occupation Safety and Health Administration to the scene of the mishap.

Hoisting HVAC Equipment

Pix 11 News reports that the future home of the Whippany Fire Department was the site of northern New Jersey incident. Investigators believe the crane was hoisting a substantial HVAC unit when something went wrong. The HVAC equipment was in a tilted position following the accident.

One Injured, One Killed

Authorities state that one worker died and another suffered injury in this latest crane accident.

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office says that OSHA has inspected the crane involved in the incident.

Groundbreaking in Early February

The Hanover Eagle reported that the groundbreaking ceremony for a new Whippany Fire House on Troy Hills Road was held earlier in the month. Officials expected that the $2 million, 2200 square-foot structure would take approximately 10 months to complete.

When a fatality occurs, OSHA automatically conducts a thorough investigation of any workplace accident. Liability for injuries and loss of life in construction accidents are usually covered by the state’s workers compensation laws. These statutes establish levels of compensation for various losses incurred by workers and survivors. In some cases, personal injury statutes apply as well.

A construction accident lawyer focused on this area of the law may offer guidance that helps a victim to fully preserve his/her rights. Our firm offers an initial consultation at no charge. To schedule a visit, or to learn more about our services, please contact us.