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Common Causes of Crane Accidents

May 17, 2021By Niko Pothitakis

Some of the most common causes of crane accidents include getting struck by objects, a lack of situational awareness, and improper crane operation. These and other causes are often avoidable and could be caused by one or more individuals’ negligence. The following is a breakdown of these common causes.

Struck By Objects

One of the most common causes of crane accidents occurs when someone is struck by a dislodged falling object that detached from either the crane or the load the crane carried. Victims in these cases are underneath the crane at the time of the accident. This is a position in which individuals should never be. Oftentimes, these accidents crush workers and result in permanent disability or even death.

Insufficient Situational Awareness

In other types of crane accidents, workers and other individuals may not be aware of the crane’s position and walk into its path of travel. As a result, people could be struck or crushed by the crane, the crane’s load, or the crane’s hook. However, workers and others should be able to avoid these accidents with adequate safety measures and precautions.

Improper Use of Cranes

Accidents and injuries could also result from the improper use of a crane. This is why crane operators need to be properly trained and practice extreme caution during use. Cranes can be misused in a number of ways. For example, improper loading could lead to tip-over accidents, endangering workers as the crane or crane loads could crush and strike them. Crane operators may also crash the crane or load into nearby equipment, heavy machinery, or individuals if they fail to ensure their path of travel is clear before moving the load or crane carriage.

Determining Liability in Crane Accidents

Crane accidents are often chaotic in nature. This can make it harder to determine who is liable for injuries resulting from them. Many workers injured in crane accidents seek legal assistance from personal injury or workers’ comp attorneys for help with investigations.

Like with other types of work injuries, victims of crane accidents are often entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages from time taken off from work to recover, medications, rehabilitation, and other damages.

To prevent these and other types of construction accidents in the workplace, it’s important for employers to ensure that proper crane safety protocols and training programs are in place.