According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), cranes on construction sites caused 22 fatalities last year. Electricians, construction workers, brazers, and welders were the occupations with the highest risk for crane-related serious injury and death.
The U.S. economy is booming, and when it booms, so does construction in many areas of the nation. But crane accidents are occurring with disturbing frequency, despite safety regulations and operation standards and practices that are better than they used to be.
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Part of the frequency of crane accidents stems from the number of types of cranes used on construction sites. A given site may have overhead cranes, tower cranes, mobile cranes, and rail-mounted cranes. All of them can endanger not only the workers who are operating them, but also workers nearby or below them.
The most common construction site accidents, according to OSHA, include falls, workers being caught between two things, being struck by an object, electrocution, and lack of fall protection. All of these can occur in crane operation or as a result of crane movement.
In addition, crane accidents can be caused by the following events, according to OSHA:
OSHA data reveal sobering examples of fatal crane-related accidents. These provide a vivid picture of just how dangerous cranes can be to the workers on construction sites.
People who are hurt on construction sites because of crane accidents are entitled to workers’ compensation that will pay for medical bills and time off work to recover. But what if negligence was a contributing factor to the accident? OSHA publishes crane safety guidelines. When these or other procedures aren’t followed, or defective or uninspected equipment is used, or cranes aren’t maintained properly, workers may be entitled to additional compensation through civil litigation. In the case of fatal crane accidents, loved ones may be entitled to compensation according to wrongful death statutes.
Multiple parties can potentially be held liable for crane injuries and deaths, including the crane company contractor, the crane manufacturer, maintenance companies, parts distributors and other on-site subcontractors.
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