Crane accidents are one of the most serious types of construction accidents, as they can cause severe injuries and even death. Types of crane accidents include crane collapse, crawler crane accidents, mobile crane accidents, and tower crane collapse. When a crane accident occurs, it is often because of workplace negligence, including mechanical failures and improper employee training.
Other causes of crane accidents include:
- When the maximum weight is exceeded;
- When a crane is improperly assembled;
- When a crane has contact with overhead power lines; and
- When a crane is infrequently or erroneously inspected.
Other causes of crane accidents include rigging failures, loads being dropped, and accelerated movement.
How to Prevent Crane Accidents
OSHA says that the best ways to minimize crane accidents include:
- Assessing all construction sites for the potential for a crane incident to occur
- Establishing a crane safety plan for each lift
- Assigning a competent person to oversee crane operations
- Utilizing qualified operators, signalpersons, and riggers
- Training ancillary workers in safe crane operation
What To Do If You Were Injured in a Crane Accident
If you were injured in a crane accident, the first step to take is to seek medical attention immediately. After you have received the proper medical care, you need to discuss the unique circumstances surrounding your personal injury case with an attorney. Every case is different and requires a customized approach.
At Arnold & Itkin, we believe that you deserve just compensation to cover medical bills, physical pain and suffering, as well as lost income. We have secured millions of dollars on behalf of our clients and work on a contingency basis. This means that unless we are able to recover compensation, you don't owe us a dime.
For a free consultation, do not hesitate to contact our office today!