Representing & Fighting for Victims of Crane Accidents
Crane Accidents Causing Injuries to Construction Workers and Others
Cranes are commonly employed in construction projects – many of which are based in cosmopolitan and other highly populated areas. In New York City in May 2015, a crane hauling an air conditioner in Midtown fell and injured construction workers and pedestrians. New York is one of three states routinely listed as having one of the highest rates of crane accidents and crane-related accidents causing injury or death. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed as a result of a crane accident, the experienced injury attorneys at Basch & Keegan can help get you compensated.
Causes of Crane Accidents
Due to the complex nature of crane operations, crane accidents can happen for a variety of reasons. Some common causes include:
- Crane collapse
- Contact with overhead power lines
- Contact with crane load
- Contact with other crane parts
- Highway collisions
Crane accidents can injure workers, bystanders, and pedestrians.
Responses to Crane Accidents
The Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently amended the rules on crane safety in order to address specific industry practices and to protect workers during the use of crane operations. The new Cranes and Derrick Standard is codified in the Federal Regulations at 26 CFR Part 1926. Under this new standard, employers are required to first address whether the ground underneath the crane is sufficient enough to bear the weight for hoisting objects and materials. Additionally, the employer must also ensure that no hazards such as power lines or other objects would be in the way of the crane’s operation. Finally, employers are required to ensure that the crane is in safe operating condition.
Workers’ Compensation and Civil Lawsuits for Crane Accidents
Crane operators and other construction employees can file claims with their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance for injuries or illness sustained as a result of a crane accident. However, this process does not prevent construction workers from filing civil lawsuits in the event that the construction company or crane manufacturer was negligent or in violation of laws and safety standards. A construction company may be negligent when they fail to abide by the OSHA standards governing cranes, or by otherwise failing to use due care. In addition, crane manufacturers may be held liable when the crane is poorly manufactured and contains defects, because manufacturers have a duty to ensure that heavy equipment machinery is defect-free prior to releasing it into the marketplace.
Call Us Today if You Have Been Injured in a Crane Accident
Because there are time limits that exist in filing your claim, you should contact the experienced crane accident attorneys at Basch & Keegan today. Only an experienced crane accident attorney can advise you of your rights and help get you compensated for your injuries or loss.