Residents of a local Sarasota nursing home received quite a shock when a construction crane came crashing through the facility’s roof the morning of Saturday, April 7.
The incident occurred just after 8 a.m. at Consulate Healthcare of Sarasota, located on Fruitville Road. Fortunately, no one was injured in the accident, but photos of the crane having tipped over and crashed through the roof were startling, to say the least.
It was not immediately clear what caused the crane to come crashing forward. The rear tires of the vehicle had lifted off the ground, and the top of the cane came crashing down on top of the building, creating a large hole in the roof. No other details were made available and a police investigation is pending.
What happens when construction equipment causes injuries?
In circumstances when construction equipment actually does cause injuries, the way the case proceeds depends on what caused that equipment to fail. In some cases, the machinery itself is defective, whether it’s due to an inherent design flaw or a specific part being of low quality. The manufacturer of the machinery could be held liable for any accidents and injuries that occur due to these defects.
In other situations, a construction company in charge of operating that equipment could be liable if it failed to do so with a reasonable degree of safety and competency.
In either scenario, had any residents or employees of the nursing home been injured, they would have had some legal avenue to recover compensation for the damages they suffered.
For more information on how to proceed with a personal injury claim after a construction site accident, speak with a skilled Sarasota attorney at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.