Among the thousands of workers who are injured or killed in construction site accidents every year, a substantial portion are victims of crane accidents. Because of the nature of crane-related work, the injuries suffered by those in crane-related accidents are often severe and frequently result in loss of life. Cranes are powerful pieces of equipment, but when used improperly they can tip over, collide with other pieces of equipment, interfere with electrical lines or cause debris to fall.
The latest official data available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics comes from 2008 and deals with crane-related incidents from 1997-2006. In those 10 years alone, 818 deaths came as the result of crane-related accidents, with 72 deaths occurring in 2006. Many of these deaths – 42 percent – were caused when victims were struck by falling objects. An additional 20 percent were caused by falls, while being caught in or compressed by equipment, transportation incidents and contact with electrical currents also proved common.
Unfortunately, many crane-related personal injuries and deaths are caused by negligence, improper management, faulty design and additional avoidable factors. Cranes need to be inspected regularly, operators need to be thoroughly trained and proper supervision is required. The failure to comply with best practices can lead to disastrous consequences for construction workers and pedestrians near crane sites.
Sheff Law has a history of representing the victims of crane accidents. Our team of personal injury lawyers near Boston, MA, understands the seriousness and severity of crane accidents, and is prepared to commit the resources necessary to ensure victims receive maximum compensation for their injuries.
Workers Most Likely to Be Killed in Crane Accidents
Per statistics revealed by the BLS in the 2008 study, the following workers are the most likely to be injured or killed in crane-related construction site accidents.
- Construction laborers
- Welders, cutters and other metalworkers
- Crane and tower operators
Additionally, the study noted that the largest percentage of crane-related deaths came from those working in the private construction industry, with accidents in the manufacturing and mining industries also contributing to the death total.
Common Crane Accident Causes
Crane accidents can occur due to a wide range of causes, but some are more common than others. The following incidents are most likely to cause serious crane accidents through overturns, falls, mechanical failures or other accidents:
- Inclement weather and/or a failure to prepare for such conditions
- Improper crane usage and/or selection
- Contact with power lines
- Improper/poor crane set-up
- Debris near the crane
- Failure to use the crane within the manufacturer’s specifications
Crane Injury Types
The injuries suffered by those involved in crane accidents are often severe, and many crane-related accidents result in loss of life. Among the most common injury types suffered in crane accidents are:
- Broken bones, including orthopedic crush
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Organ damage
- Electrical burns
If you or a loved one has been injured in a crane accident, it is critical that you speak with a qualified personal injury attorney as soon as possible. For your injury claim to have the best chance for success, it is also important to start taking evidence-gathering steps right away. Contact Sheff Law for a free, no-obligation consultation today, and let us help you earn the recovery you deserve.