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Construction Crane Accidents
In May 2012, a 34-year-old man fell about 45 feet and was fatally injured when the mobile boom lift he was operating toppled at a construction site in Se caucus. The worker was in the lift’s bucket when the lift fell from a sloped area of the four-story building’s construction site. According to a New Jersey injury lawyer, the death may have been prevented if the lift was on a flat, stable surface.
Transporting hefty loads is essential to today’s construction industry. State of the art equipment if often used that requires sophisticated training and comprehensive workplace precautions. Significant safety issues must be taken into account, both for the operators of the equipment and for nearby workers.
Deaths and serious injuries can occur if construction cranes are not properly inspected and operated. Deaths may also be caused when a crane boom, load line or load contacts power lines and shorts electricity to ground. Other accidents occur when workers are struck by the load, are caught inside the swing radius, or fail to assemble/disassemble the crane properly. If you’ve been hurt in a construction accident, a New Jersey injury lawyer can advise you about your legal rights.
OSHA has published the following safety recommendations for operating cranes:
- Only qualified and trained personnel should operate cranes.
- Inspect the cranes, controls, and rigging prior to use.
- Operate the crane only on a stable and flat surface.
- Pins should not be unlocked or removed during assembly/disassemble unless sections are stable.
- Outriggers and barricade accessible areas should be completely extended inside the crane’s swing radius.
- Keep at least a 10-foot clearance from overhead electric power lines.
- Use the correct load chart for the crane’s configuration and setup.
- Do not exceed the crane’s load chart capacity.
- Before delivering a load, raise the load a few inches, hold it, verify capacity and balance, and test the brake system.
- Do not move loads over workers.
- Follow all signals and manufacturer instructions.
If you’ve been injured at work, contact New Jersey injury lawyer Dan T. Matrafajlo. He has the experience you need to deal with insurance companies and courts to get the best possible outcome for your case. Contact us today at 908-248-4404 for a free consultation.