Fatal Crane Accidents
Written by Greg on August 25, 2012
In recently a series of crane-related injuries and fatalities over a ten-week period in 3 major U.S. cities caused a proactive response by a number of federal agencies. In fact, three incidents killed 10 construction workers and a bystander – and injured another 2 dozen people including workers, first-responders and innocent onlookers. Injury and death can occur in a number of ways – from an object being dropped by a crane to the actual crane separating and falling – and even multiple incidences of electrocution.
Since 1992, the number of deaths averages over fifty (50) people each year.
Cranes, derricks, and hoists are important components in the construction industry. You see them on worksites across the country – but most people do not give a moment’s thought to the latest precautionary measures that have been put in place by OSHA and other regulators to ensure employee and public safety.
Significant requirements in this new rule include a pre-erection inspection of tower crane parts; use of synthetic slings in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions during assembly/disassembly work; assessment of ground conditions; qualification or certification of crane operators; and procedures for working in the vicinity of power lines.
Too, this final rule requires operators of most types of cranes to be qualified or certified, but employers have up to 4 years to ensure that their operators are qualified or certified, unless they are operating in a state or city that has operator requirements.
Certainly, space does not permit me to elaborate on crane accidents– but if you are interested in learning more about it I will direct you to click on the link for the site below that will take you to the U.S. Department of Labor and Statistics.
If you or loved one have been injured in the crane accident or if you have lost a family member in a construction accident in Texas contact the Baumgartner Law Firm, a Texas personal injury law firm for a no-obligation consultation on your rights and options. Call 281-587-1111.