The Three Major Hazards When Using Cranes

Whether lifting materials that weigh lots of tons, moving things inside a warehouse or workshop, salvaging sunken ships, building oilrigs, or constructing high buildings, one piece of heavy machinery that has become totally necessary is the crane.

Cranes make so many types of works, construction works especially, so much easier and faster. In fact, in construction sites, these have become the most essential and important pieces of machinery. To be truly useful and, at the same time, safe, cranes need to be maintained, regularly inspected and operated only by a person properly trained for the job. This is because though cranes are totally beneficial, these also have the potential to wreak the worst damage on any job.

According to the Center for Construction Research and Training (a division of the Center to Protect Workers’ Rights (CPWR), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization), crane related accidents claimed an average of 22 lives each year from 1992 to 2006. Hundreds or others, however, are reported to have suffered serious injuries including broken bones, brain injury, spinal cord damage, or partial or complete paralysis.

The three major hazards identified with the use of cranes include:

  • Electrical hazards. About 50 percent of crane accidents are due to electrocution – when any metal part of a crane comes in contact with a high-voltage power line. The greater danger when this happens is that, besides the crane operator, workers nearby will most likely also suffer electrocution.
  • Overloading. Exceeding a the crane’s lifting capacity can result to tipping over, structural failure, or the crane itself, with its load, plunging down to workers and passersby, killing or seriously injuring them on the spot.
  • Falling materials. When using an overhead crane, it is very important that workers make sure that materials to be lifted are properly secured, otherwise, the load may slip and cause serious injuries and property damages on the ground.

An injury lawyer probably knows how severe injuries can be in accidents involving cranes, especially if the accident is one wherein a crane collapses. While no crane operator, work supervisor, contractor or subcontractor would want an accident to occur, if one does, occur, however, then they can be legally required to fully compensate victims of accidents for whatever damages they will suffer. Seeking the assistance of an experienced personal injury lawyer for the purpose of pursuing compensation may be a big help for victims to get the financial help they will need for all the necessary medical treatment needed.

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