It may seem as though Worcester is continually under construction. Cranes are a crucial tool to move heavy loads at major construction sites, but crane operation carries with it a significant hazard and risk.
OSHA acknowledges that crane operation is hazardous: the administration predicts a one in 1,000 likelihood that a crane operator will become injured during his working lifetime.
That said, bystanders are significantly more likely to sustain a severe injury in the event of a construction site accident or crane accident.
Types of Crane Injuries
Injuries resulting from crane accidents are often severe. Among the most frequently reported crane accident injuries are:
- Broken bones
- Crushing injuries from falling objects
- Electrical burns
- Traumatic brain injuries
Regrettably, crane accidents are frequently preventable.
What Causes Crane Accidents?
Due to the nature of cranes and the heavy loads that they lift, crane accidents are often dramatic and frightening. They most commonly fit into one of several categories. A crane may overturn or tip; it may break at its base; it may drop its load; or it may come into contact with live power lines. These incidents may occur as a result of wind or inclement weather, operator error, or negligence.
Crane accidents due to negligence could present in many different ways.
Manufacturing defects or faulty designs may result in an incident, as well as operator recklessness or error, poor management, inadequate training or supervision, or a failure to perform required inspections.
Although the unpredictable weather patterns in Massachusetts might render it difficult to dismantle cranes in advance of windstorms, a construction company’s failure to do so could be an act of negligence if it results in an accident or injury.
Injured in a crane accident? Consult Peter Ventura.
If you have been injured in a construction site crane accident, Worcester construction accident attorney Peter Ventura can help you recover damages for your injury. Attorney Ventura specializes in complex and serious personal injury claims, and will pursue fair compensation for your claim. Call 508-755-7535 for a free consultation.