Forensic Engineer Richard E. Daniels, P.E., of Consulting Engineers & Scientists, Inc., was recently part of a team working with David Kwass and Adam Pantano of Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky on a fatality case that resulted in an award of $6.5 million.
The accident occurred on a construction site when an ironworker was struck and killed by the jib of a crane as he was assisting in stowing it for travel. It was determined that the accident transpired because the crane operator failed to verify that the connectors on the main beam were properly seated in the jib weldment slots and that the hitch pin was properly positioned.
It was also determined that the steel fabricator / installer defendant violated their contract with the general contractor and was a cause or significant factor in the accident. This was in part, because the defendant failed to ensure that the applicable site safety plan addressed safe work operations under all conditions of work, and the defendant failed to effectively supervise the work of its subcontractor, the crane operator.
CESI would like to congratulate the team and the estate of the decedent on the settlement.