The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that there were 72 fatal occupational injuries in 2006 related to cranes. Fortunately, that number was on a downward trend from years previous. Though various causes were involved and the specific nature of the accident differed somewhat, at the basis of all was one common denominator – a crane. The individuals who operate these mammoth machines frequently put themselves in harm’s way. That’s why it is essential that they understand their North Carolina (and nearby areas) workers’ compensation rights. If you are one of these individuals, it’s time to take positive action before the next crane accident is yours.
What are Crane Accidents?
Crane accidents and construction accidents frequently go hand-in-hand. Specifically, however, common types of crane accidents include:
- Nearly 45% of the time, a crane or boom will come into contact with a live power line
- Outrigger use, rigging failures and falls
- Crushing via the counter-weight
- Boom collapse
- Dropped loads
- Overturned cranes
- Under the hook lifting device
Employers must abide by the rules and regulations set forth by OSHA. These are addressed in OSHA standards for the construction industry, gear certification, longshoring, marine terminals, and general industry. The remedy for many crane-related incidents is workers’ comp. However, on-the-job injuries may involve a liable third party.
Understanding the Dangers of Crane Accidents
Cranes make life better in numerous ways. When used and installed properly, operations (such as construction) actually become safer and easier. However, every year, fatalities and severe injuries are caused by overhead crane accidents.
In addition to electrocution, some crane incidents are due to cranes falling over. Also, if crane wires have a pre-existing defect, are fatigued, overloaded, etc., accidents involving these wires can cause serious damage.
Are You a Victim of a Crane Accident?
Workers’ compensation insurance and/or liability insurance can help if you have been the victim of a crane accident. When it comes to job-related injuries, these types of plans end up playing a major role. When a worker gets injured on the job, these policies protect employers from lawsuits and also serve to compensate injured workers.
Where work-related injuries are concerned, workers’ comp is more or less a catch-all. Workers’ compensation can cover major injuries, small injuries, and everything in between should the injury be related to or happen on the job. One-time accidents like crane-related injuries are covered as well as injuries that develop over time. Past and future lost wages should be covered, medical expenses, and ongoing therapies as well. For the loss of a loved one, in some cases, death benefits are granted.
Crane accident claims are complex, so don’t handle them by yourself. Seek out an experienced legal team to assist you in sorting out liability among all of the parties involved.
Why Should You Hire Cardinal Law Partners to Defend Your Rights in a Crane Accident Case?
You and your loved ones will sleep better at night with Cardinal Law Partners on your side. Our team is comprised of workers’ compensation attorneys certified by the North Carolina Board. Recover lost wages when you miss work, seek required medical treatments, overcome the financial strains that make it difficult for you to fully recover – these are client concerns as well as a top priority for the dedicated advocates who will handle your case.
If you or a loved one has lost a family member or was injured in a crane accident, contact Cardinal Law Partners now to schedule a free consultation with our workers’ compensation attorneys.