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Crane CollapseA Seattle crane collapse left four people dead, including two ironworkers who had been working on the Google construction project.

Crane Collapse on Busy Seattle Street

On April 27, 2019, workers were dismantling a crane at a Google office building construction site at the intersection of Mercer Street and Fairview Avenue in Seattle, WA. At approximately 3:28 p.m., Pacific Time, the crane collapsed onto Mercer Street, falling across the street and its median.

The crane collapse crushed six cars near the intersection. It also damaged the Google office building’s roof and eastern façade. In total, the Seattle crane collapse left four people dead, including two ironworkers who were working on the construction project and two people who were in vehicles on the street below. Four other people suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the crane collapse. They were transported to area hospitals for treatment.

The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries has begun an investigation into the cause of the Seattle crane collapse, with reported cooperation from developer Vulcan, Inc., general contractor GLY Construction, and the City of Seattle.

Chicago Crane Accident Lawyers

Cranes are essential equipment on large-scale construction projects, such as the Google office building in Seattle and countless structures being built in Chicago each day. But as with other pieces of construction machinery, cranes can be dangerous and even deadly to crane operators, construction workers, and anyone passing by a construction site. In fact, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, there are an average of 71 crane-related fatalities in the United States each year.

But obtaining proper compensation for injuries sustained in a crane collapse or a similar incident is no easy task. Given the nature of the industry, multiple parties may be responsible for a single construction accident. It is therefore highly important to identify and pursue all parties who are potentially at fault within the time limited by law. Failure to do so in a timely fashion could forever bar injured people from obtaining the financial compensation they deserve.

Given the complexities of crane accident litigation, those who have been injured often find they may benefit from the guidance of a knowledgeable lawyer, like the Chicago crane accident lawyers at GWC Injury Lawyers.

GWC is one of the premier Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation law firms in Illinois. We have recovered more than $2 billion for our clients and have more than four decades in the business. GWC has the experience, the resources, and the determination you need to fight for the justice you deserve.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured, in a crane collapse or in some other way, please contact GWC today to schedule a free consultation with a lawyer. Call our office at (312) 999-9999 or click here to chat with one of our representatives at any time.