A construction crane and the truck it was attached to tipped over in Mineola, Long Island. The crane accident occurred at the site where an annex to Winthrop Hospital is being built, said Fox News (12.19.13). The crane accident resulted in one non life-threatening injury, and for that we’re thankful. That is not the case with many crane accidents, said David Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm, one of New York’s construction accident law firms.
“When a crane accident happens, workers are in immediate danger of being injured or killed, along with the crane operator,” said Perecman. “Being a crane operator can be a very dangerous job.”
The crane operator suffered minor injuries, said Fox News. These injuries would likely have been more serious if he had not jumped out of the cab before the crane fell. The cause of the crane accident is under investigation.
A number of different factors can cause crane accident injuries. These include falls, dropped loads, high winds, tip-overs, boom collapse, rigging failures, defective cranes, lifting device failures, and crane contact with power lines.
“The dangers of cranes are well known. This is why specific regulations and safety procedures must be followed when a crane is operated,” said Perecman. “Cranes are not supposed to fall down.”
Supervisors and contractors have the responsibility to ensure that workers are adequately trained in the use of jobsite machinery and that work is conducted in a safe manner. Then, for cranes to function properly, regular maintenance and proper storage is needed. If jobs and/or responsibilities are neglected and a crane accident happens, the victims may be able to recover compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and more.
From the Fox News photo, the crane involved in the accident appeared to be a five axle “All Terrain” crane.
The Fox News article cited is “Crane collapse at hospital construction site.”