If you work on a construction site, it’s likely that you regularly work in the vicinity of cranes. They are devices that enable the construction of tall buildings, and they are necessary for building the modern cities that we live in today.
However, they present many dangers to construction workers and to members of the public. While all construction site workers should have been adequately trained in construction site safety and working with cranes, they may not be aware of the full extent of the dangers, as well as the rights they have if they become injured. The following is an overview of some of the most common causes of crane accidents.
Loads colliding with people
Cranes are designed to carry heavy loads. This means that crane operators must be vigilant when maneuvering loads so that collisions do not occur. Unfortunately, due to poor visibility, poor judgement or technical failures, loads can collide with people on the ground, often leading to severe head or spine injuries.
Cranes must be set up in a way that safely balances their weight. If the crane carries a weight so heavy that it creates imbalance in the structure, it may overturn, leading to serious injuries or even death.
Unsafe weather conditions
Crane operators must always pay attention to the weather conditions, since this can lead to unbalanced loads. Lightning strikes and heavy storms in particular can lead to crane accidents.
If you have been injured during a crane accident on a construction site, you should take action to file for workers’ compensation. By doing so quickly, you should be able to gain financial compensation for the injuries you suffered.