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Cranes are unbelievably strong, versatile, useful and crucial for many job sites. They are called upon to continuously lift, position, and move many tons of material. If an injury is associated with a crane, it can be quite traumatic. Crane accidents can happen for many reasons but some of the most common are because a crane operator’s view could be limited, the driver is distracted, the load shifts, the crane was not hooked up, secured or balanced properly, the operator is on the phone or not paying attention and the crane tips over. Being hurt or maimed by a crane can cause major injuries.
There are many types of cranes and heavy equipment on a construction site. All can cause very serious injuries. A crane is a lifting machine that has a winder and wires, ropes or sheaves. The most common types of cranes to cause accidents include gantry cranes, stacker cranes, loader cranes, truck mounted cranes, rough terrain cranes, construction cranes, mobile cranes, hoists, free standing cranes, telescopic cranes, hydraulic lift cranes, retrieval cranes, tower cranes, crane trucks, harbor crane, jib crane, overhead crane, bulk-handling crane, level lulling crane, hammerhead crane, aerial crane, self-erecting crane, floating crane, railroad crane, sidelift crane, container crane, dock crane, loading crane, wall crane, grab bucket cranes, whooping crane, Terex cranes, all terrain cranes, Liebherr cranes, deck crane, telescoping cranes, overhead cranes, crawler cranes, portable cranes, offshore cranes, and more. Cranes have been around since ancient times and use mechanical advantages to ease the work they do.
It is important for all employers, general contractors, sub contractors and supervisors to fully train all employers, laborers and workers who will be using any type of crane on the proper way to use that specific model and type and how to maintain it optimal safety. Some of the main causes for crane accidents that were not listed above are from operators not paying attention, cranes colliding with shelves, aisles, farm equipment, construction equipment, and buildings, cranes being overloaded, crane brakes not working, defective brakes, crane operators not using horns, crane drivers being drunk or intoxicated, cranes being driven while it is elevated, crane going too fast, mobile cranes going uphill or downhill without proper safety techniques, crane’s load shifting or falling off, pallets breaking, pallets collapsing, crane’s anchor becoming dislodged, and crane driver distracted by texting, cell phones, walkie talkie or coworker conversation.
Crane injuries can be very catastrophic due to the immense weight of the cranes and the products and materials they carry. Some of the possible injuries from being crushed by a crane include amputation, lacerations, eye injuries, spinal cord injuries, concussions, muscle strains, ligament sprains, head injuries,brain injuries, becoming deformed, electrocution, ear injuries, wrongful death, broken bones, and more. All crane injuries, no matter how small, should be checked out by a doctor.
The large majority of crane accident injuries happen at work, at harbors and construction sites. Employees and their families have rights and are protected under the workers’ comp laws in California. Employers are required to not penalize or fire an employee who files a workers’ compensation claim. Our firm is very experienced at taking care of work comp claims and investigating every accident for all responsible parties including third parties who were also at fault. A construction site has many third parties including the many subcontractors, land owners, and contactors. Another possible third party is the company who rented the crane to your employer since they have a duty to maintain the crane as well. Our hard working crane accident attorneys have over thirty years of experience of maximizing the types and amount of compensation that our clients are awarded.
Our bilingual lawyers and staff have been helping injured people in both English and Spanish since 1979. We believe it is important that you are represented by someone with experience and knowhow. Call our firm any time of the night or day to get legal help.
The lawyers at the Law Offices of DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo have represented and helped people who have been hurt in a crane accident for over three decades so we have the knowhow and experience to help you win in court. This is true for workers’ compensation, third party injury cases, product defect cases, crane defect cases or personal injury cases. Call us today at (888) 516-8530 to schedule a free initial consultation and case evaluation. We will go for the maximum possible compensation for your injury and you will not have to pay us until and unless we win your case.