Signalmen: The Eyes and Ears on the Ground
In construction projects involving cranes or other high altitude equipment, someone has to control the crane on the ground level and someone else is stationed on top of the construction site to handle the heavy load carried by the crane. In many cases, crane operators cannot see the workers on top of the building, so they all have to trust the signalmen to communicate the proper timing for moving the heavy objects, making signalmen some of the most important people on the construction site. What happens, though, when a signalman makes a mistake?
Usually the injuries are quite severe. The sizes and weights of the loads carried by cranes on construction sites are enormous. Most people involved in signalman error accidents are severely injured, paralyzed or killed. Our New York construction equipment accident injury attorneys represent clients who have been injured, and family members of construction workers who have suffered wrongful death because of improper signaling:
- Construction site falls: In some cases, lack of proper communication between the signalman and the crane operator results in the crane's load surprising the worker on top of a roof, ladder or scaffold and knocking the worker over.
- Falling objects and debris: In other cases, the miscommunication causes the crane operator to move the crane's load before it is properly secured, resulting in injuries caused by falling objects.
- Construction site supervisor negligence: We have also seen injuries that have come as a result of no signalman being on duty at all when one was clearly needed. This is simply negligence on the part of the supervisor or site safety manager.
We have more than 40 years of experience helping injured construction workers and their families obtain money for injuries. We can help you.
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