Cranes are a familiar sight whenever there is construction going on, and few of us give it more than a passing glance. But because it is so big, the potential damage a crane collapse can cause can be extensive, affecting even those who may be sitting quiet at home reading a newspaper. A crane collapse can happen without warning, and it is a scary sight to watch. But what would cause a crane collapse?
According to the Department of Labor, there are 82 deaths due to crane-related accidents annually. In most cases where the crane tipped over, it was due to improper loading, operation, anchoring, assembly or disassembling of the crane. It is mostly the smaller, more mobile cranes that tip over, usually because the loads are beyond the capacity of the crane to lift. Tower cranes that do collapse do so because they were not assembled properly. In some cases, the accident happened when workers were “jumping” the crane, which means adding sections to extend the height. Another reason for a tower crane collapse could be faulty outriggers, which anchor the crane to the ground, such as what happened to the famous 1999 “Big Blue” accident in Milwaukee.
A crane collapse is not something that anyone plans to happen. Most crane mishaps are accidents; but the fact is, they could have been prevented. Human error is clearly indicated in many of these incidents, ranging from overloading to incompetent operation of the crane to improper assembly. Construction companies have a duty of care to their workers and the people who may be affected by their activities, so it is their responsibility to provide adequate training to people who operate and assemble these huge machines to prevent accidents from happening.
If you have suffered injuries from a crane collapse due to human error, consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer in your area specializing in construction accidents. Having a giant kid’s toy fall on you is no joke; you will likely require extensive medical treatment and long-term care. You will need all the compensation you can get.Read More