By: David Cheverie
The construction industry in the United States has injury and fatality rates that are significantly higher than those in other U.S. industries. Crane accidents account for more than one-third of all construction accidents.
A crane is a general word for a type of machine that can be used to hoist and transport various materials. Cranes can accomplish seemingly impossible feats and are relied upon for most construction projects. Crane operators are well-trained to control such heavy machinery. Although cranes are operated by well-trained professionals, unfortunately, there are times when the use of cranes results in injury, permanent disability, or even death.
There are a number of factors that can increase the chances of crane accidents, such as equipment malfunction, lightning, high winds, defective parts, failure of boom/cable, tip-overs, overhead obstructions, electrocution, and falls. Due to its size and complex mechanical framework, even the simplest flaw within a crane’s construction can result in a catastrophic accident, regardless of the experience of its operator.
Many crane accidents can be avoided with proper training and safety procedures. As such, it is imperative to establish a crane safety plan for each lift, which often includes the designation of a competent person to oversee crane operations and who has the authority to stop unsafe operations. During construction, the well-being of people working on or in the vicinity of a crane is the most important consideration.
If you or a loved one has been affected by a crane accident of any kind due to an unsafe work environment or faulty equipment, the negligent party should be held fully accountable for any damages you have suffered. Call the offices of Hach & Rose, LLP, at (212) 779-0057 today to learn about your legal options.