New York employees may wish to know about a fatal construction accident that took place within the city. Police are investigating the incident, which appears to have involved malfunctioning construction machinery.

Just before noon on April 24, a 40-year-old construction company owner was working on a hotel construction site on East 44th Street in Midtown Manhattan. As the man was unloading materials from one of his company’s trucks, a crane attached to the top of the truck malfunctioned and fell. This trapped the man between the crane and the bed of the truck. Witnesses say that the man was not moving after the crane fell on top of him.

Authorities arrived at the scene, only to pronounce the man dead shortly after. The investigation of the crane accident has revealed a mechanical failure in the crane’s hydraulics. Officials have issued an order to stop work on the site for the time being. Records indicate that this is not the first incident reported on the job site, some involving the endangerment of workers. Those prior incidents had earned the company two stop orders before this fatal construction accident. According to reports, the company also received notice of serious violations at other sites that earned them $20,000 in fines.

A construction site accident has the potential to seriously injure or kill a worker due to the heavy machinery and materials that are being used. In these cases, such as a scaffolding or crane accident, the employee may be entitled to workers’ compensation. These benefits may help to cover lost wages due to time off work and other related costs. An attorney may be helpful in filing the proper claim on the employee’s behalf or bringing other legal action as necessary.

Source: DNAinfo, “Crane Fatally Crushes Construction Company Owner at Midtown Site: Officials,” Trevor Kapp, Sybile Penhirin and Nikhita Venugopal, April 24, 2015