Cranes are used in most construction sites to lift, lower and move construction materials and tools. Unfortunately, while cranes help to make construction work easier, crane accidents can cause catastrophic injuries and even death.
Given the size of most cranes and the weight of their loads, a crane accident can cause serious injuries. Some of the injuries that one may sustain after a crane accident include:
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
Because crane injuries can be fatal, it’s essential that employers provide construction workers with proper training on how to operate and use cranes safely. However, some employers don’t offer employees proper training, which puts them at risk of catastrophic injuries. Below are some of the main causes of crane accidents at construction sites.
Most fatalities from crane collapses are a result of being overloaded. Cranes have a weight limit and use a counterweight to balance loads. Therefore, when the recommended weight limit is exceeded, the imbalance may cause the crane to collapse.
Contact with overhead powerlines
When the crane comes into contact with overhead powerlines, anyone near the crane may die due to electrocution. Therefore, crane operators and workers in the crane basket should check for powerlines near the construction site. In some cases, power to electrical lines may have to be shut off before construction work begins.
Workers can sustain serious injuries when struck by heavy loads. Sometimes, loads can get loose and strike a worker when the crane turns or tilts.
Cranes require regular maintenance to prevent accidents from mechanical failures. This is important because cranes have several parts that have to be oiled. In addition, any problems identified early should be repaired promptly.
You may be worried about the uncertain financial future if you have suffered a life-changing injury due to a crane accident. Fortunately, you can file a claim and recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering.