Crane accidents are occurring at an alarming rate. According to a report released by The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, there have been more than 600 crane-related deaths involving 610 separate crane accidents between 1992 and 2006.
While there are several types of cranes used in construction and other industrial areas, fatalities are more prevalent in mobile crane accidents, truck crane incidents, tower crane accidents and gantry crane incidents.
Due to their enormous size and weight, accidents that involve a crane will typically be devastating to the victim. There are many things that can go wrong, from everyday usage and faulty crane equipment, to poor maintenance or operator error. When this happens, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries or for the death of a loved one involved in a crane accident. If a crane has injured you, contact a Houston crane accident attorney at Terry & Thweatt.
Common Causes of Crane Accidents
Crane accidents most commonly occur due to:
- Contact with Power Lines. A majority of crane accidents are caused by contact with overhead power lines. Close to 39 percent of all accidents can be attributed to crane booms, cables, or other crane parts contacting a live power line while in operation. The result is electrocution of the crane operator and any employees nearby.
- Accidents during assembly and disassembly. Cranes are transported to work sites in sections, and then assembled on site. The massive size of many cranes requires this type of sectioned transport. Cranes must be assembled correctly, following manufacturer specifications. Changes to the assembly or disassembly instructions can lead to a crane accident and injuries to workers and pedestrians.
- Boom Collapse. Cranes are capable of carrying very heavy loads and moving those loads a long distance from the operator station. The cranes boom – the long arm of the crane – is an engineering marvel of mechanical, hydraulic and structural components all working to keep the crane upright. Boom collapse is not common, but can be catastrophic.
- Crane Collapse. If a crane is overloaded and carrying weight beyond capacity, a crane can tip over and collapse. This can be caused by unstable or uneven ground conditions where the crane is anchored.
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Terry & Thweatt have handled many crane accident and construction worker injury cases. They have seen first-hand the devastation a catastrophic injury or wrongful death can have on a worker and their families. If you have lost a loved one in a crane accident, you can count on Terry & Thweatt for aggressive representation. Contact us to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Houston crane accident attorney.