A contributing factor to the inherent danger of construction work is the equipment necessary to carry out the required tasks. Construction sites contain some of the largest, heaviest machinery in all of industrial work. One of the most common types of equipment to be seen on a construction site is a crane or hoist. In fact, it is rare to see a construction site without at least one form of crane towering over the workers and their projects. These are highly specialized and useful tools, especially when building or repairing large structures. However, their strength and size require the adequate training of whoever is operating them for their own safety and for the safety of others around them.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has reported that the greatest cause of construction accidents is a lack of proper training and this is unfortunately very true for crane accidents as well. What sets cranes accidents apart from others is the magnitude of their impact on whoever is injured. Whether it is falling from the heights of the hoist, being caught underneath its weight or crushed under a dropped load, an individual stands to sustain serious if not fatal injuries from a crane accident. In addition to the simple inadequacy of training, crane accidents can occur due to the following causes as well:
According to OSHA, there are currently about 125,000 cranes being operated by over 250,000 workers in the construction industry. With a high volume of operation, cranes must be handled carefully and cautiously to protect those on and around them. The organization has implemented standards of safety for employers and those under them to comply with in order to promote safe crane operation. Guidelines include minimum clearance concerning energized power-lines, having someone to spot the operator when visibility is low and other requirements intended to reduce the risk of electrocution and other crane accidents.
According to statistics released by OSHA, there were 72 crane-related construction accidents that ended in the death of a victim and countless others that resulted in serious injury. When someone is injured in an accident at work, not only is their health in jeopardy, but their livelihood, which is dependent upon the income they gain from their work, can also be negatively impacted as well.
It is for this reason that the San Fernando Valley personal injury lawyers at The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus take crane accident cases so seriously. At our firm, we understand that the case will impact your ability to obtain the right medical treatment for your injuries but also to sustain yourself and your dependents as you recover away from your place of work. Contact our San Fernando Valley construction accident attorneys today to learn more about how we want to help you recover the compensation you deserve.