Construction sites are replete with dangers such as defective machinery, improperly trained workers and failure to apply safety standards. Crane accidents occur at an alarmingly high rate and some of the causes include dropped loads, rigging failures, defective machinery and lack of training for crane operators. The United States Labor Department released a survey in which it revealed that approximately 80 people die from crane related injuries. The vast majority of these accidents are caused by human error. The cranes that were specified in fatalities included mobile, truck, rail mounted and overhead cranes.
In 2014, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) created a requirement that all crane operators must be certified. This certification requires that crane operators be properly trained to operate the cranes and must comply with OSHA regulations.
It is important to consult with an attorney who has extensive experience to determine the cause of the crane accident. The primary causes include crane collapsing, improper crane assembly, crane mechanical failure, contact with electrical lines, failure to inspect the crane before use, failure to properly maintain the crane and improper crane operator training. Through the process of “discovery” in litigation, we can obtain extensive information from your employer or the premises owner about the condition of the crane, inspections and repairs done to the crane and photos and video of the accident.
If you have been injured in a crane accident, you may be entitled to the following compensation:
- Past medical expenses
- Future medical expenses
- Physical impairment
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
Our law firm has extensive experience assisting clients who have been injured in a variety of personal injury cases. We work with some of the best experts in the industry to ensure that your case is properly handled. Please call our law firm for a free consultation.