79 percent of occupational injuries are related to cranes, hoists, and derricks, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. Cranes also fall over once in every 10,000 hours of use in New York.
Crane operators are at a high risk of catastrophic injury, which can often be preventable with the necessary precautions taken. Some of the ways cranes fail and cause injuries include having contact with power lines, boom collapses, and carrying too much weight.
How to reduce the risk of a crane injury
If you want to reduce the risk of a crane injury, it’s important to have proper training and knowledge on how to operate the equipment. It’s also important to prevent the crane from carrying more than its load to prevent it from tipping over for proper safety. It’s also necessary to install fences around the site to keep outsiders away from the site.
Crews also need to know how to secure each load when working with mobile cranes. It’s also necessary to check the site to ensure there’s a proper area for the equipment to operate and to look for any other hazards that may be present.
Who can you contact for legal assistance?
If you’ve suffered from a crane injury, you’ll need to contact a personal injury attorney who can assist you in seeking the necessary compensation when you have medical bills, lost wages, and emotional trauma. A legal professional who has experience handling workplace injuries can review all the details and evidence to ensure they can fight for your compensation. You can also work with a legal professional with similar matters that include slip and fall accidents, toxic exposure, equipment malfunctions, and auto accidents on the job.