Cranes are used in multiple construction projects, from road work and bridge projects to building high-rises. While this piece of equipment is invaluable in the world of construction, it also poses a significant risk for serious injuries or death when not used properly or proper safety precautions are not followed.
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Crane Accident Statistics
According to the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), between 2011-2015 there were 220 reported crane-related deaths in the U.S., with an average of 44 per year, and 90% of these accidents due to human error.
Just over half of all fatal crane injuries involved a worker being struck by an object or equipment, three-fifths involved the worker being struck by a falling object, with the remainder of the accidents involving a worker struck by an object falling onto them from the crane, transportation incidents, and falling from an upper level to a lower level.
In this timeframe, Illinois was the state with the second-highest number of injuries (12) behind Texas (40). While the majority of those injured or killed in crane accidents were construction workers, bystanders are also at-risk.
Crane Accident Prevention
Using heavy equipment, like cranes, on the construction site requires workers to follow proper safety precautions. This includes ensuring that workers receive proper training and certification, all equipment is maintained, and a safety plan is in place for each piece of equipment.
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) recommends the following to improve crane safety:
- Train personnel - Only employees that are trained and certified in crane operation should be permitted to operate any crane.
- Provide a level worksite - Cranes should only be operated on a level, flat area.
- Check load stability - A worker should raise the load slightly, hold it at that height, check the load stability and brakes before moving the load.
- Have a safety plan - A plan should be in place before the crane is operated, including a plan to stay within weight limits, not moving the crane over workers, and watching for dangers, especially power lines, which can cause electrocution.
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to negligence on the job site or a defective product, an experienced personal injury lawyer can review your claim and determine if there were unsafe working conditions, potential OSHA violations, and other hazards that may have existed at the time of your accident. They will also determine who may be liable for your injuries and damages and what compensation you may be entitled to.
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