The family of a 45 year-old construction worker, who was tragically killed when a crane collapsed in Midtown Manhattan, plans to sue New York City for $30 million. The family of Clifford Canzona, who was atop the crane when it plummeted nearly 200 feet without warning, claims that neglect caused or contributed to the accident resulting in Canzona’s death. The March 15 accident left seven people dead and caused millions of dollars worth of damage. A notice of claim, which basically warns of a future lawsuit, was filed on Monday with the city’s corporation counsel.
The family’s attorney said he reached the $30 million figure by accounting for the terror that Canzona experienced while falling 18 stories to his death.
“He suffered the horror of falling from 18 floors to the ground below, being crushed by the collapsing crane all the while experiencing the most excruciating thoughts of his own death,” read the notice. “He sustained terrific conscious pain and suffering prior to his own death.”
The city will likely face additional lawsuits resulting from the terrible accident in the coming months. The city has made an effort to prevent future accidents by enacting new guidelines that require a building inspector to be now be present any time a crane is raised or lowered within the city.
Recent reports claim that a city construction site inspector has been arrested after authorities concluded that the man lied about inspecting the crane on March 4.