Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
Representing Victims Injured in Crane Accidents
Construction workers often use cranes as part of the equipment needed to perform the duties of their job. Cranes are heavy equipment that can cause workers serious injuries when improperly used or if they are damaged. For this reason, it is critical that workers are trained and cranes are regularly and routinely inspected by qualified personnel.
Typical crane injuries at worksites occur when a worker is hit by an overhead load or freight. Another common crane accident happens when a worker gets stuck in the scope of its swing. Crane accidents can also cause workplace fatalities if the boom of a crane or its load line comes in contact with an overhead electrical power line.
In order to prevent crane accidents, employers should take the following safety precautions:
- Examine all crane controls before use to ensure everything is in proper working order.
- Inspect wire rope, chains and hook to check for any damage.
- Adhere to the weight limitations for the crane. Ensure that the job load does not exceed the crane’s weight capacity.
- Safety measures such as guardrails, hand holds and steps must be in place so that the crane is easily accessible.
- Post illustrations of hand signals for crane and derrick operators to use at the worksite. Train the signal person to use the correct signals for the crane operator to follow.
- Post all load capacities, operating and speed instructions so that they are accessible and visible to the operator.
- Ensure that crane operators are properly trained. This includes understanding and using the load chart, and determining the angle and length of the crane boom at all times.
- Test the crane first by raising the load a few inches to check its balance and try out the brake system.
- Test all rigging prior to use. Do not wrap hoist ropes or chains around the load.
- Make sure that outriggers are fully extended.
- Never transport a load over workers.
- Block off any areas that may be accessible within the crane’s swing radius.
- Beware of overhead electrical lines. Ensure that a minimum clearance of at least 10 feet is maintained from “live” electrical lines.
- Conduct daily inspections of crane machinery and rigging equipment to check for signs of wear, damage or malfunction.
Proper crane safety is an important aspect of avoiding workplace accidents in the construction industry. Potential serious crane accidents can be prevented at jobsites if important safety practices are employed. Moreover, if workers are aware of the potential job hazards associated with cranes, perhaps some serious injuries or even more importantly, workplace fatalities, can be avoided.
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Attorneys: Skillful and Knowledgeable Representation for Victims Injured in Crane Accidents
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyers at E.S. Borjeson & Associates have experience assisting injured construction workers. We offer a no-risk, free consultation. We will advocate on your behalf and fight to obtain the maximum compensation to which you are entitled under Pennsylvania law. Call us today at 215-772-3020 or complete our online contact form.