Recovery for Construction Accidents Caused by Equipment Failure
Ropes and cables perform vital functions on the construction site. These tools hold materials and machinery in place, haul loads, hoist cranes and elevators, and provide you with fall protection when you are working at height. Just as with all other equipment, ropes and cables must be inspected for defects and degradation and replaced before they become unsafe.
Instead, some employers and contractors put profits ahead of safety. Inspecting and replacing ropes and cables costs time and money, a small price to pay for your safety, but a debit to the project’s budget.
Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. has dedicated more than 30 years exclusively to personal injury and wrongful death claims. Our attorneys are experts in complex construction industry accident cases. We are well known in the New York legal community for our hard-hitting investigation, aggressive prosecution and thorough case preparation into what happened and who is at fault in construction accidents. We consult with construction experts about rope functions, quality and practices. Our New York City construction injury lawyers then pursue the property owner, contractor, their agents and employers to win you the money and benefits that are rightfully yours.
Rope and Cable Failure
The rope is the simplest of ancient inventions that has changed little in design over the centuries. However, the materials and their purpose have changed substantially even over the past few decades. Construction ropes and cables are made in a variety of lengths, thickness and materials depending upon the intended use.
For example, a crane might rely upon cable made of wire and steel, whereas your harness may be tethered to an anchor with a nylon rope.
Failure of these important tools can result in serious accident, such as:
- A snapped cable acts like a whip and can result in amputation or knock a worker down
- A broken cable can cause a crane to drop the load on top of person below
- A broken elevator cable can send a car crashing to the floor below with workers inside
- A frayed rope may not hold the weight of materials being hoisted
Negligence that Results in Rope and Cable Failure
Manufacturers have a duty to create products that are strong enough to handle the intense environment of a construction site and free from flaws that put the rope at risk of failure.
The property owner, the contractor and its agents have a duty to use appropriate, well-maintained equipment and can be held liable for:
- Subjecting materials to extreme weather, such as heat, freezing temperatures, ice, snow and rain
- Using inferior materials or inappropriate type of materials for a particular job
- Failing to inspect ropes and cables for regular wear and tear and fraying
- Failing to periodically replace ropes or to replace them when they begin to fray
- Putting too much weight and strain on the rope or cable that causes it to snap or fray
- Compromising the integrity of a rope or cable with friction causing activities, such as allowing it to rub against an edge of a platform
Learn More about Construction Rope and Cable Failure
Call Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. at 1-888-575-6410 to schedule your free construction injury claims assessment. Our personal injury and wrongful death law firm has offices in Manhattan, Bronx, Jericho, Deer Park or White Plains. Under our contingency fee plan, you do not pay us until we successfully recover money for you.