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Family of Deceased Worker Receives $1 Million after Crane Accident

Destiny Baker3 years ago

According to the New York Daily News, a New York family has received a settlement of $1 million for the death of their son who died after a tractor crane collapsed at a Metropolitan Transportation Authority work site.

About the New York Crane Collapse

  • Michael J. Simermeyer, 30, was killed April 3, 2012 in a work related accident while on site at a Metropolitan Transportation Authority subway project in Manhattan.
  • The accident occurred when a frayed cable used to raise and lower the crane’s boom snapped causing the boom to collapse.
  • Mr. Simermeyer was crushed under the falling boom and died on site.

Victims Family Sues Construction Company

“Had the proper procedures been followed, this incident and this worker’s death could have been prevented.” – Kay Gee, Manhattan area director for Occupational Safety and Health Administration, as published by the New York Daily News

  • Investigations conducted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) resulted in the construction company, Yonkers Contracting, being cited for 10 workplace-safety violations and fined over $68,000.
  • Among these violations was a failure to inspect wire ropes used to lift objects, like the wire cable that snapped causing the accident.
  • With this evidence, the family of Mr. Simermeyer filed a lawsuit against Yonkers Contracting.
  • Yonkers Contracting’s issuance company, Liberty Mutual, settled with the family for $1 million.
  • The settlement comes with no admission of wrong doing by Yonkers Contracting.
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