Seeking Justice with the help of a Crane Accident Lawyer

Cranes are an important part of large construction sites, moving large and heavy loads from one location to another. Recklessness or negligence on the part of a crane operator, owner, or manufacturer can lead to devastating injury or death to those on the ground and in the machine. San Diego Injury Lawyer can provide strong legal representation as your crane accident lawyer. Our San Diego, CA, firm has been fighting for the rights of workers injured at construction sites for years, and can help you seek the compensation you and your loved ones need to heal from your trauma.

The Scope of the Problem

Because the loads cranes carry are substantial, accidents due to crane operator error or poorly maintained equipment are often fatal. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that today there are approximately 125,000 cranes in operation in the construction industry alone. Data shows that from 1997 to 2006 there was an average of 82 crane-accident-related deaths every year. This number does not include injuries, which can be devastating for victims and their families.

Short-cutting OSHA standards puts workers at extreme risk and responsible parties can be held accountable.

Safety Violations at Construction Sites

Due to the hazardous nature of cranes, OSHA sets forth standards to ensure safety on construction sites. In the interest of time and saving-money, construction companies do not always abide by OSHA requirements. Common OSHA violations include:

  • Failing to use the appropriate crane type for the job
  • Improperly setting up the crane
  • Lack of training or compliance with the crane’s operational limits
  • Failure to use the crane according to the manufacturer’s specifications
  • Negligence in maintaining a safe, clean space around crane operation

Short-cutting OSHA standards puts workers at extreme risk and responsible parties can be held accountable. 

The Causes of Crane Accidents

Nearly all crane fatalities can be broken down into four categories of operational error:

Human contact with crane equipment  61%

Falls

20%
Transportation incidents 10%
Contact with electrical currents 8%

Research from the Bureau of Labor Statistics into crane accidents found that 90 percent of injuries or death are due to human error. Specifically, about 80 percent of accidents are caused by surpassing the crane’s operational capacity.

Liability in a Crane Accident

Since the majority of all crane-related injuries are caused by human error, liability is typically on the operator, their employer, and the companies that trained that individual. Fault may be attributed to the individual's carelessness, poor supervision, a lack of proper safety procedures, or a combination of these.

In addition to operator negligence, about eleven percent of crane accidents are attributed to mechanical problems. Poor maintenance practices can trigger crane buckling or collapses. These devastating outcomes could have been avoided if proper safety precautions were followed.

A crane accident victim may seek damages against the:

  • Construction company
  • General contractor
  • Subcontractors
  • Architect

  • Equipment manufacturer
  • Property management company
  • Property owner

Liable parties may owe victims compensation for medical bills, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, disability, pain and suffering, or wrongful death.

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If you or a loved one have been injured or killed in a crane accident, contact our personal injury attorneys today for your no-obligation case review. You can call us at (619) 272-4028 , or use our online form.