Crane accidents on construction sites can be deadly
One of the risks you have while working at a construction site are dangerous machines that, if not taken care of correctly, can cause severe injuries and even death. An excellent example of this type of machine would be a crane. Cranes are used to lift and move heavy materials and are commonly used for loading and unloading freight. Although cranes are generally simple machines, a crane accident can cause severe injury.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, there are more than 250,000 crane operators working nationwide, and there are approximately 71 crane accident fatalities each year. Some of the causes of a crane accident include:
- mechanical failures
- improper employee training
- improper assembly of the crane
Your employer must follow a certain set of rules when cranes are involved on the construction site, such as keeping cranes away from active power lines, making sure the area is safe, and warning the operator of danger. However, accidents will occur if your employer cuts corners. There are several types of injuries that can occur in a crane accident, such as:
- Falling objects from the crane
- Electrocution from the crane hitting power lines
- Being crushed by an overturned crane
- Being run over by a crane
- Compression injuries
Most of these injuries are avoidable if your employer follows the rules and regulations set by OSHA. However, in an effort to increase profits, sometimes these guidelines are ignored. Injuries from crane accidents can takes months, even years, to heal.
If you were involved in a construction site accident, you may be entitled to compensation. For more than 25 years, the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone has handled all types of construction site accidents, including those involving a crane. Contact us today for a free consultation.