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What Are the Most Common Causes of Crane Accidents?

By Michael LoGiudice
Founding Attorney

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there are about 125,000 operating cranes in the United States construction industry. While necessary to completing essential tasks on construction sites across the country, cranes also pose serious risks. Crane accidents have resulted in countless injuries and fatalities. If you or a loved one has been involved in a crane accident, attorney Michael LoGiudice is here to help find the responsible parties and hold them accountable for the damages they have caused. Attorney LoGiudice will tirelessly pursue your right to recover compensation for the losses caused by a construction site accident.

What Are the Most Common Causes of Crane Accident Injuries?

OSHA reports that the most common causes of crane accident injuries include:

    Crane rigging failures
    Crane mechanic failures
    Cranes colliding with other buildings
    Cranes colliding with power lines and energized power lines
    Cranes hitting people with heavy materials and objects
    Cranes dropping heavy materials and objects
    Cranes overturning
    Boom collapses
    Crane hook-lifting device failures
    Improper crane selection
    Unsafe conditions or debris surrounding a crane
    Inclement weather
    Improper crane set up
    Failing to comply with manufacturer specifications for crane use

Proper training on the right way to set up and operate a crane can seriously reduce the risk of much of the above. All safety guidelines and operating instructions should be complied with at all times. Far too many workers have been run over cranes, electrocuted while operating a crane, or struck by an object that had fallen from an improperly loaded crane.

Even when these types of crane accidents do not result in worker fatalities, serious injury is still a frequent result. Common injuries include:

    Head injury
    Traumatic brain injuries
    Damage to the cervical spine
    Damage to the lumbar spine

Injuries caused by crane accidents can often lead to substantial medical bills. The initial medical treatment as well as the requisite follow up care can add up quickly. Additionally, you may have missed work. You may be unable to continue working or had to take a job that paid substantially less than your previous job. This is all not to mention the physical pain and mental suffering that can come from sustaining an injury in a construction site accident. While workers’ compensation may cover part of these losses, it is often not enough. There may be a possibility of recovering further monetary compensation for your injuries and other damages through a third party lawsuit. This requires a skilled and detailed analysis of the facts specific to your individual case by an experienced construction site injury attorney.

Experience You Can Trust to Handle Your Construction Site Injury Case.

Attorney Michael LoGiudice is committed to serving those injured on New York construction sites. This includes pursuing all possible avenues for recovering monetary compensation for his injured clients. While money can never fully bring back what you may have lost or had to endure, it can help a great deal on your road to recovery. Contact New York construction site injury attorney Michael LoGiudice and make sure your injury case is handled with the utmost care.

About the Author
Michael LoGiudice handles all personal injury and medical malpractice claims. He is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School (1997) and has many verdicts and settlements totaling in the tens of millions of dollars.
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