Crane Accidents Pose a Risk for Construction Workers
A crane is a common piece of construction site equipment. The bigger the job, the more likely a cane is necessary. That is because a crane makes it easy to transport thousands of pounds of materials. The downside is that crane accidents can and do happen.
The main risk associated with a crane is that it can easily tip over. When a crane is set up improperly, is carrying an overweight load, or is in operation while on unstable ground, it can topple over. Using a crane during windy weather conditions can cause it to tip over as well.
When the crane falls over, it can crush the operator or send him flying off the equipment. Nearby workers may suffer injury as well.
A crane may also collide with another piece of equipment. A construction site normally has several pieces of large equipment available. The equipment is often stationery when not in use which can make it a target for collisions.
The main causes of most crane accidents include:
- Collision with other equipment
- Mechanical malfunctions
- Hitting power lines
- Mishaps during lifting
When a crane accident occurs, nearby workers are likely to suffer injuries. Others, such as iron workers, riggers, carpenters and non-construction workers on the site may be injured due to a crane accident.
If you are negligently hurt in a crane accident you may be eligible for compensation.
The New York personal injury lawyers at Marvin A. Cooper, P.C . can help with your personal injury claim. The firm is located in White Plains, New York, just minutes from the Bronx and the boroughs of New York City, in central Westchester County.