All types of construction jobs are dangerous, but using crane machinery can be particularly fraught with risks. Cranes are large and heavy pieces of equipment and they can cause substantial injuries or even death.
Different types of cranes are used on construction sites depending on the types of work performed, including tower cranes, mobile cranes, railroad yard cranes, marine and ship cranes, truck cranes, and man lifts. Since various types of cranes can be used in a variety of situations, people other than construction workers, such as dock workers, are at risk of getting hurt as well.
Injuries related to crane accidents can have severe and lasting effects, leading to lifelong health concerns that substantially limit the victim’s earning potential as well as involve significant ongoing medical expenses. Injuries that are often a result of a collision with falling loads or otherwise involve a crane include, but are not limited to:
Construction crane accidents may also cause permanent disability or wrongful death.
To prevent accidents, OSHA has very strict regulations for crane operation that require intense safety training and preventative measures taken by employers. Failure to adhere to OSHA standards allows for the prevalence of crane accidents. Important sources of crane accidents include:
- Failure to use an appropriate crane type
- Improperly setting up the crane
- Using the crane outside of manufacturer’s specifications
- Negligence in providing a safe space around the crane
- Poor maintenance
- Lack of training or compliance with operational limits
- Operator error or inattention
- Imbalanced loads
- Improperly secured loads
- Dropped loads
- Crane tip over
At O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm, we place your best interests first. Many cases can be settled by agreement between the parties, without going to trial, but having a personal injury lawyer on your side will ensure that you have someone well prepared to fight on your behalf. Familiarity with your case enables a construction accident attorney to represent your case diligently. Call our office at 916.714.8200 or contact our firm online to begin building your case today.