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Philadelphia Crane Accidents and Injuries (Part A)

Construction sites that lack adequate safety measures can lead to serious injuries and death. If safety is not paramount around heavy equipment such as construction cranes, construction workers as well as the general public could be at risk.

If you or a construction worker has been seriously injured in a crane accident in the Philadelphia area, you should discuss your legal options with a Philadelphia construction injury lawyer who has experience with crane accident cases. 

A Philadelphia construction injury lawyer might be able to seek compensation for your injuries or for the death of a loved one. Compensation could cover medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of income and in the event of a fatal crane accident, funeral and burial costs.

 Major Causes of Crane Accidents

Crane accidents are among the top causes of injury and death on U.S. construction sites,
where there are about 125,000 cranes in operation on any given day. Annually, more than 250,000 crane operators, industry workers and other individuals risk death and injury from crane accidents. The most common injuries relate to falls, being struck by falling debris and getting snagged or compressed by equipment.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), some of the common causes of crane accidents include the following:

  • overturned cranes;
  • rigging failure;
  • boom collapse or buckling;
  • improper crane assembly or dismantling;
  • falls;
  • dropped loads; and
  • outrigger use. 

Mechanical failure can be blamed for about 11% of crane accidents. Such accidents could be prevented through proper maintenance, adequate training, supervision, experience and frequent inspections. When the lack of these preventive measures leads to a crane accident, it would be in your best interest to discuss your potential case with a Philadelphia construction injury lawyer.

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