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Milwaukee Man Crushed while Operating Crane

A Milwaukee man has died after being crushed while operating a remote-controlled crane. Monday, Oct. 16, Kelvis Price, 42, was using a remote-controlled magnetic crane to lift a massive steel plate overhead, CBS58 News reports. When one of the magnets failed, the steel plate fell on top of Price, crushing him. When emergency responders arrived on scene, they found Price lying on his back with the steel plate covering him from the waist down. The remote control used to move the crane was worn on a strap hanging off Price’s shoulder. The workers were unable to remove the large piece ... Read More

Two Workers Killed By Falling 5-Ton Generator At NJ Construction Site

A second man died last week from crushing injuries he sustained when a 10,000-pound generator that was being hoisted by a crane fell onto workers at a Hanover, N.J., construction site. The deadly accident occurred last Thursday morning, Feb. 18, while construction for a new Hanover firehouse was underway. Hanover, N.J., is about 25 miles west of New York City. The generator was being lifted by a crane when a strap securing the load broke and fell onto two workers. One of the two workers killed, a man in his 20s and the son-in-law of the crane operator, was pronounced dead at the ... Read More

Deadly Crane Collapse Prompts NYC To Reassess Construction Safety

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a plan Sunday to improve the safety of crane operations in the city after a crane collapse in Tribeca Friday morning killed a pedestrian and injured several others. Workers with Bay Crane Services, which operates about a quarter of all the cranes in New York City, were in the process of lowering the boom on the 565-foot long structure into the safety position as a precaution against 20 mph winds when the collapse occurred. David Wichs, a 38-year old Harvard graduate and Wall Street worker, was struck and killed by the falling ... Read More

Crane drops 11-ton AC unit onto Madison Ave., injuring 10

Ten people were injured near a New York City construction project Sunday morning when an air conditioning unit about the size of a small bus broke free as it was being hoisted by a crane, falling 28 stories and smashing into the street below. New York City authorities said none of the injuries were considered to be life-threatening. The incident happened at a high-rise building at 261 Madison Ave just before 10:45 a.m. Sunday – a time when the streets are relatively uncrowded. “Thank God this incident occurred at an hour of the day on a weekend when there were ... Read More

Philadelphia judge says severely injured survivor of building collapse may give deposition

PHILADELPHIA, Penn. – A woman who was critically injured when a Philadelphia building undergoing demolition collapsed on top of the Salvation Army thrift store where she was shopping may proceed with her lawsuit even while 11 others have been stayed, a Pennsylvania judge has decided. Plaintiff Mariya Plekan was pinned under debris for 13 hours when a four-story apartment complex being dismantled collapsed onto the adjacent one-story thrift store, killing six people and injuring 12 others besides Ms. Plekan, who lost both of her legs as a result of the cave-in. She is suing the owner of the building that ... Read More

Critically injured plaintiff asks judge to move forward with Philadelphia building collapse litigation

A woman who was critically injured in the Philadelphia building collapse on June 6 has asked a judge to partially lift a stay that will likely be imposed on her lawsuit pending other legal issues in mounting litigation surrounding the disaster, which killed six people and injured 13 others. Mariya Plekan was shopping at the Salvation Army Thrift store adjacent to the building that was being demolished when it collapsed on top of the store. She was buried under debris for 13 hours and had to have both of her legs amputated as a result of her injures. Ms. Plekan ... Read More

Owner of Philadelphia building implicated in deadly collapse wants court to toss strict liability claim

The owner of a Philadelphia building that collapsed onto an adjacent Salvation Army thrift store June 6, killing six people and injuring 13 others, faces 11 personal-injury and wrongful-death lawsuits related to the disaster. However, Richard Basciano and his company STB Investments Corp., which owned the collapsed building, asked a state court judge to throw out a strict liability claim sought by the plaintiff in one of the lawsuits. Plaintiff Shirley Ball, who was shopping in the Salvation Army store when he adjacent four-story building fell on top of it, alleges in her complaint that she received injuries to her ... Read More

City records show violations and failures contributed to Philadelphia building collapse

Lawyers representing some of the victims killed and injured by the June 5 building collapse in Philadelphia are calling for a “full and open disclosure of the events” that led to the disaster, alleging that the owners of the buildings and city officials “were on notice of a tragedy waiting to happen [but] did not stop it from occurring.” Those strong allegations are rooted in a series of paperwork, emails, and other information released by the city following a Philadelphia Inquirer report that contractors removing debris from the collapsed buildings earlier this month found asbestos among the ruins. That discovery ... Read More

Another Philadelphia building collapse triggers evacuations

PHILADELPHIA – Just days after a downtown Philadelphia building collapsed, killing 6 people and injuring a dozen others, another building collapse blocks away has led to the evacuation of several surrounding buildings. According to authorities at the scene, an excavation site at Eighth and South Streets was deluged with rainwater all day, causing the ground underneath an adjoining building to become unstable and give way Monday night around 8. No one was reportedly injured by the cave-in. Officials investigating the collapse said that that excavation was taking place too close to a retaining wall, which the heavy rain had eroded. ... Read More

Deadly Philadelphia building collapse prompts regulatory review, lawsuits

The collapse of a four-story building and adjacent thrift store in Philadelphia that killed six people and injured 13 others on Friday, June 5, has ignited a grand jury investigation of city regulations and protocols across a number of municipal agencies and departments, the Associated Press reported Monday. “The scope and depth of the Grand Jury process will allow us to completely and appropriately investigate last Wednesday’s tragedy,” said Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams in a statement. In the same release, Mr. Williams expressed his “heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Anne Bryan, Roseline Conteh, Borbor Davis, Kimberly ... Read More