Working in an industrial area comes with it’s perks, and it’s dangers. One danger in particular, can become deadly in an instant. Crane accidents are, due to their size and purpose, a large danger to construction workers. In fact, crane accidents make up for the majority of accidents on construction sites. For this reason, there are a good number of regulations and guidelines surrounding the use of cranes in an attempt to prevent accidents. Yes, they still take place and here’s why…
Crane Accidents on Construction Sites: Common Causes
Not following manufacturer’s guidelines
One of the leading causes for crane accidents is a lack of following we discussed up top. These machines are large, heavy, and used to maneuver in big job, their creators and project manages give clear rules in terms of how to manage them. Therefore, if the driver fails to operate the machine properly, a resulting accident is likely.
Poor crane selection
Not every crane operates in the same way. For instance, some can lift very heavy loads while others can only only manage a lighter load. Selecting the inappropriate crane to perform the job can result in a dangerous accident such as tipping over, for instance.
By using a crane in unsafe conditions, a person is putting themselves in danger, as well as others around them. One examples of dangerous, or unsafe, conditions would be heavy rain, snow, fog, or the like. Furthermore, an area with heavy debris, or a very steep hill, might be problematic as well.
No matter how safe you are, accidents do happen
There are plenty of dangerous situations that can result in a crane accident. However, there are times when you can do everything in the world right and something will still go wrong. In the case of any workplace accidents, but especially a serious one, it may be completely essential to reach out to a personal injury, or worker’s compensation, attorney. These injuries are difficult enough to deal with, without having to worry about paying for them. When an accident is not your fault, it should not be your responsibility financially. That’s where we come in. You worry about healing— we’ll worry about the rest…