Crane accidents were responsible for 22 deaths last year, reports the Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA). Electricians, construction workers, brazers and welders are the occupations at highest risk for serious injury and fatality.
Despite improved safety regulations and protocols for crane operation in various industries, these accidents occur with alarming frequency in areas where construction is booming. Tower cranes, overhead cranes, mobile cranes and rail-mounted cranes pose serious hazards for not only their operators, but those working around them.
According to recent OSHA crane accident analysis, some of the most common causes include:
The following crane accident reports are taken directly from published OSHA data. All of these fatal incidents took place on private or public construction sites. The reports provide insight into the mechanics of crane accidents on building sites, and the great dangers faced by workers and crane operators.
Most New Yorkers remember the TriBeca crane collapse in 2016 that killed one passerby and severely injured two others. High winds were initially blamed for the incident, that sent the 600-foot crane boom crashing down in lower Manhattan, but further investigations revealed that the crane operator made serious mistakes. Authorities determined that in his rush to lower the boom quickly, the operator ignored procedures regarding inclement weather.
Unfortunately, fines for unsafe construction crane operation do little to hold companies into account. In the event of catastrophic injury or death, liability may rest with the construction company, contractors, sub-contractors or the equipment manufacturer.
Aronova & Associates has in-depth experience litigating construction accident and workplace injury claims in New York. When OSHA crane safety guidelines are violated, defective equipment fails or procedures are ignored, crane accident victims and their loved ones may be entitled to compensation. We are dedicated to achieving the legal recovery your family needs and deserves.
Speak with a results-driven construction accident lawyer at our firm to explore your legal rights. Call (516) 640-3900 to schedule your free case review.
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