Construction accidents happen too frequently in the United States. It is clear that cranes are one of the most dangerous pieces of equipment on a construction site and cause more accidents than any other equipment. Since cranes are large, they are difficult to control and any miscalculation as to the movement of the crane can cause the injury or even death to someone close by. Crane accidents not only affect the workers or people near to the crane, but they are also devastating to family members as well. Family members often rely on the income from related construction workers and are unable to handle the financial burden on their own. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to a crane accident, then here is some important information that you need to know.
Cranes Are Not Avoidable, but Crane Accidents Are
There are many different types of cranes, including mobile cranes, tower cranes, marine and ship cranes, railroad yard cranes, truck cranes, and man lifts. Since there are various types of cranes that can be used in a variety of situations, people other than construction workers (such as dock workers) are at risk of getting hurt as well. Cranes are large and heavy, enabling them to cause substantial injuries to their victims. Due to the hazardous nature of cranes, the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) have set forth standards to ensure safety on construction sites. Unfortunately, construction companies do not always abide by these requirements in the interest of time and convenience. Failure to abide by OSHA standards can cause extreme injuries to workers.
- Improperly setting up the crane
- Failing to choose the appropriate crane for the job
- Failure to be aware of the crane’s operational limits
- Using the crane outside of manufacturer’s specifications
- Failing to clean up the area around the crane operation
- Failure to adhere to OSHA standards allows for the prevalence of crane accidents. According to the United States Department of Labor’s Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, there have been more than 600 crane-related deaths between 1992 and 2006.
Finding a Crane Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been involved in a crane accident and is injured, then you should receive financial compensation for your injuries. Finding the appropriate legal counsel will ensure that your legal rights will be explained to you and that you get the medical care you need in a timely and cost effective manner.
A skilled attorney will advocate on your behalf to obtain the maximum compensation allowed for your injuries, as you may need to pay for other expenses such as loss of wages, out of pocket medical expenses, nursing care, etc. Many cases can be resolved without going to trial, but having an attorney on your side will ensure that you will have someone who is well prepared to fight in court on your behalf. Familiarity with your case enables an attorney to plead your case diligently to the court.
The attorneys at The Rothenberg Law Firm can provide the experience you need to help you with your crane accident case. You can reach The Rothenberg Law Firm LLP at 1-800-624-8888 or submit an InjuryLawyer.com free online case evaluation. The initial consultation is FREE of charge. We work on a contingency fee basis. Meaning, if we agree to handle your case, there are no legal fees unless we are successful in getting you money.
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