Construction sites are often busy. This is not just because workers are working against a timetable to complete the project. The fact of the matter is that construction sites often have various heavy machinery, tools and workers. Additionally, they are busy sites because each worker is tasked with a different project that needs to be completed in order for the entire project to be completed. In some cases, this means having large equipment, such as a crane, on site. While this is very useful in the construction industry, it is also a piece of machinery that could cause serious injuries or even death to construction workers.
How often do crane accidents happen? According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were a total of 220 crane-related deaths from 2011 to 2015. This averages about 44 deaths per year. Those most impacted by these incidents are construction workers. When mishaps happen with cranes, this is best described as a catapult. There needs to be enough counter-weight to balance the machine. If the machine is off balance, this could cause the machine to tip over and catapult the objects or people being lifted by the crane.
When looking at the type of crane accidents, there are various kinds that also harm and kill workers like a tip over does. Crane accidents also occur because of sinkholes, touching power lines, fires, collisions with other vehicles, equipment failures, crushing incidents, collapses and other similar events. When examining crane accidents, the types of cranes at issue involve mobile, truck and rail-mounted cranes as well as overhead cranes used in marinas, rail yards and construction sites.
Following a serious of fatal construction accident, it is important to consider what rights and options you might have. Workers' compensation benefits may be available for injured workers as well as the loved ones of deceased workers. These benefits could help address medical bills, rehabilitation, lost wages and other similar damages suffered.