Construction is one of the most dangerous careers in America, with one in ten construction workers injured each year while working on the roads, infrastructure, and buildings across the country. This often involves the use of dangerous and heavy equipment such as tower cranes.
Tower cranes are among the largest pieces of equipment used in construction and are frequently seen across the skyline of any city. Construction companies use tower cranes for lifting heavy materials, such as concrete and steel beams, as well as moving other heavy equipment, such as motors, generators, and torches. Due to their size, tower cranes are often built along with the building; the process is reversed when the building is completed. While tower cranes are an essential piece of heavy machinery in the construction of large buildings, they are not without risk.
If you have been injured in a tower crane accident, contact Mike Agruss Law for a free consultation. We are a Chicago-based injury law firm
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Tower Crane Risks
Tower cranes provide necessary access to materials and tools while completing the construction of large, tall buildings that otherwise would not be possible. However, when a tower crane operator is not properly trained, the crane is not given proper maintenance, or the crane is defective in design and/or manufacture, accidents, many of which are serious and deadly, can occur.
The most common injuries seen in tower crane accidents include:
- Crushing injuries
- Severe burns
- Permanent disabilities
- Head, neck, and spinal injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
Liability in Construction Accidents
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH ACT), employers have an obligation to maintain a safe working environment and follow the regulations of OSHA. If the employer, subcontractor, equipment manufacturer, or another employee fails to follow the appropriate standards of care and their actions or inactions cause an accident, they could be liable for the injuries and damages their negligence caused.
The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act provides benefits, including medical and rehabilitation expenses, partial wages, and disability benefits to an injured worker regardless of who was at-fault for the accident. Workers compensation does typically prohibit an employee from suing their employer for the accident, however, there may be other options including filing a claim against a negligent third-party, such as a subcontractor, vendor, defective equipment designer and/or manufacturer, or general contractor who is not the employee’s direct employer.
Construction accidents are often complex, involving multiple parties and defendants. This is why it is important to contact an experienced personal injury lawyers
to determine your rights under Illinois law.
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to negligence on the job site or a defective product, the injury attorney
at Mike Agruss Law 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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