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What Causes Cranes to Collapse?

Every year, dozens of workers are reportedly injured when a crane on their job site collapses. Injuries happen not just to the men and women operating the cranes, but also to the workers on the ground, even those who are believed to be a safe distance from the site of the crane work.

Free Crane & Aerial Lift Accident Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured in a crane or aerial lift accident, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.

What’s the problem?

Crane collapses are one of the most catastrophic construction accidents to occur around the country each year. Unfortunately, crane collapse accidents occur with alarming frequency and almost always involve the death or serious injury of construction workers or others in the area. Individuals who suffer catastrophic injury form a cane collapse or families who lost a member in a crane accident need to understand their rights and seek out representation from an experienced lawyer to ensure they can offset their medical and other expenses, as well as receive full and fair compensation for the accident or wrongful death.

Causes of Crane Accidents

Crane accidents most commonly occur due to:

  • Contact with power lines – A majority of crane accidents – close to 39 percent – are caused by contact with overhead power lines.  Crane booms, cables or other parts can come into contact with a live power line while under operation, electrocuting the crane operator, as well as any other workers nearby.
  • Accidents during crane assembly / disassembly – Crane assembly and disassembly must be done according to the manufacturer’s specifications to avoid crane accidents. Before operation, tests must be performed to gauge the stability of the crane and assess if there is a likelihood of an accident. Failure to do this can cause crane accidents, and can often be traced to lack of proper communication among the workers involved in the procedure, or human error at any point in the procedure.
  • Crane boom collapse accidents – Extending the crane boom beyond manufacturer’s specifications can affect the crane’s capacity to carry loads, and lead to tremendous pressure on mechanical, hydraulic, and structural components of the crane causing a crane accident. The crane boom can collapse, injuring operators and workers standing below. Crane boom buckling or collapse related accidents make up about 8 percent of crane accidents.
  • Crane tip over – Overloading beyond the crane’s capacity, or when ground conditions are unstable or uneven, can cause a crane accident with the crane tipping over or collapsing.

Do I have a Crane Accident Lawsuit?

The Personal Injury & Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus exclusively on the representation of plaintiffs in crane & aerial lift injury lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.

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