The safe operation of cranes at a construction site is crucial not only for the safety of the operators and users of the crane, but for all of the workers surrounding the construction site.
When cranes are negligently operated, every worker at the site is put at risk as the crane may be subject to tipping and rollover, the load carried by the crane may act as a sail in high winds, or the load drop and seriously injure surrounding workers.
Workers assisting the crane operator may also be negligent in the manner in which they act as a spotter, position the crane, and rig the crane’s load.
Crane safety is governed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and American National Standards Institute as well as standards and practices in the given industry. Crane operators may also have standards and practices that govern their conduct at worksites. Violations of these standards are the backbone of proving negligent crane operation.
We have recovered for clients where crane operators have failed to abide by OSHA and ASME guidelines resulting in serious injury to our clients, including brain, neck, back and limb injuries. If you have been injured in a crane accident, contact the Schwaba Law Firm.