Q Are my injuries common for a crane accident?
Louisiana has recently been ranked by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as number four in the nation for the most crane accident fatalities over the course of a year. In addition to fatalities, crane accident injuries are also on the rise in Louisiana and construction towns such as Lake Charles, Sulphur, and Calcasieu Parrish.
If you or a loved one rely on the construction industry for a living, you need to know your risks when operating, working with, or being around dangerous cranes.
Short-Term and Long-Term Crane Accident Injuries
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), crane accidents are the number one cause of construction injuries and deaths. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that over 75 workers die each year and thousands more are injured due to crane malfunctions, errors, and accidents. Common serious and fatal injuries—very few crane accidents case minor injuries—include:
- Electrocution. Due to the size of many cranes and hoists, it is easy to connect with nearby power lines, causing a transfer of electricity into the operator. Breaking the power line can also send sparks or cause downed power lines causing risk to any passerby.
- Head, neck, and spinal injuries due to falls. Cranes can be extremely tall and hard to maneuver, which can cause increased risks for moving the hoists around workers—especially those working on high rises or above the second floor.
- Crushing injuries. Due to tip overs, breaks, and hoist or arm collapses, crushing injures are a huge concern for workers. Poor maintenance, heavy loads, and inherent construction site holes and uneven ground increases the chance of crushing injuries. Dropped loads and collapses also pose a terrifying threat to the general public—especially if the crane is positioned over a sidewalk or street.
Cranes and hoists are considered to be the most dangerous equipment construction workers use, and with 175,000 cranes currently being operated in the U.S.—the risk for severe injuries and fatalities are almost guaranteed to be high. When working with, on, or near a crane, it is imperative that you take the proper safety steps and precautions to stay safe and keep the crane in working order to prevent disastrous accidents.
Safety is the most important thing in a construction zone and shouldn’t be taken for granted. Operators should be alert, properly trained, and routinely double check that their crane is well maintained before they start it up. However, as per OSHA’s findings, accidents do happen and workers are continuously injured and killed on a daily basis.
If you or a loved one have recently been injured as a result of a crane accident, contact us today. We can help make sure you get the compensation you need for treatment, damages, and lost wages. Our vast experience with construction injury and industrial law will not only help give you a better understanding of your rights, but it will also give you the confidence you need to get the settlement you deserve—call now.
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