What Are Common Causes Of A Crane Accident In The Workplace?

by Terry Bryant

If you work around cranes, you rely on training, workplace safety procedures, properly functioning equipment and the alertness of coworkers and supervisors to avoid a crane accident. Unfortunately, sometimes one or more of these components designed to ensure your safety and wellbeing fail, often resulting in injury or even death.

In September 2014, more than six million people in the United States worked in construction, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Another 213 million were employed in the oil and gas extraction subsector. Each and every day, these hard-working Americans are exposed to risk and the chance that something might go awry with the equipment they need to perform their jobs.

A crane accident causes roughly 22 deaths and 175 injuries each year. Equipment failure and human error are usually to blame. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has identified contact with power lines, equipment turnover or collapse, and a lack of safety procedures as the primary causes of devastating crane incidents.

Although a person’s life or health can never be replaced, an experienced attorney may be able to help in the recovery of financial compensation for those affected by this type of tragedy. No dollar amount can make up for a life-changing injury or the death of a loved one, but monetary damages for pain and suffering, loss of quality of life or companionship, and medical or burial expenses, can significantly ease the burden in the aftermath of a life-changing event.