Construction Site Crane Accidents
In 2009, over 300 injuries and 200 deaths were caused by crane accidents nationwide. Due to both their use and their size, cranes provide a potential danger for everyone on a construction site. This includes the driver, other workers, and even people visiting a site who are in danger of construction accidents caused by cranes.
Common Causes of Crane Accidents
Following proper safety guidelines and adequate training could prevent most crane accidents. As the largest piece of equipment on a construction site, cranes are responsible for more accidents than any other piece of heavy equipment. Most of these accidents are caused by:
- Failure to use the crane within the manufacturer’s specifications
- Improper crane selection
- Debris or other unsafe conditions around the crane
- Bad weather
- Poor crane set up
Even with proper training, if safety guidelines and operational instructions are ignored, or if the right crane is not used for the job, injuries will likely follow.
Common Injuries Caused by Cranes
Cranes offer several opportunities for injury. Some common injuries are:
- Being run over by a crane
- Objects falling from a crane
- Crane wrecks
- Compression injuries
Companies more concerned with cutting corners to increase profit than taking extra time to ensure safety pose a threat to everyone who comes into contact with their sites. These injuries are avoidable, and the enormous strain they put on workers and their families can be overwhelming. The construction accident attorneys at the Cochran Firm understands these issues and is devoted to helping workers and their families recover from the medical costs and loss of work these accidents can cause.
If you have been injured in a construction accident involving a crane, please contact one of the nationwide offices of the Cochran Firm for a free consultation with one of our experienced crane accident attorneys, and let us help you get the compensation you deserve.