Cranes May Cause Fatal Georgia Construction Accidents


January 04, 2013

If you work on a construction site with cranes, you know that they are one of the most dangerous pieces of heavy machinery used on construction projects.  OSHA data indicates that cranes cause a higher number of construction accidents than any other type of construction equipment. 

The enormous size and weight of these massive vehicles makes them hard to control.  When crane operator errors occur, the crane may crash through a structure or cargo may fall from the crane.  Many crane accidents are the result of inadequate training or failure to comply with appropriate safety practices. 

At Montlick and Associates, our Georgia personal injury lawyers have the experience to represent clients in all types of construction accidents and workers compensation claims, including those caused by the following: 

  • Failure to observe crane operational limitations
  • Faulty or inadequate crane setup
  • Lack of consideration of adverse conditions on the worksite
  • Failure to clear debris in the path of the crane
  • Improper crane selection
  • Failure to comply with specifications from the crane manufacturer

When you are injured in a crane accident on a construction site, you may be entitled to seek workers compensation benefits from your employer and/or personal injury damages against a responsible third party.  Workers compensation benefits normally provide the exclusive remedy against an injured construction worker’s employer for crane accident injuries.  If another entity on the construction project also engages in conduct that contributes to crane-related injuries, depending on the party it may be possible bring a personal injury claim or lawsuit against the third party, which can result in more extensive compensation.

There are many types of construction accidents, such as: 

  • Falling loads
  • Counterweight crush accidents
  • Overturned cranes
  • Crane malfunctions
  • Boom collapses
  • Rigging failures
  • Power line electrocution accidents

Crane accidents and other heavy machinery on construction projects often result in permanent debilitating injuries or wrongful death and raise complex and challenging factual and legal issues.  There are many parties that may play a role in construction accidents which include equipment suppliers, contractors, project owners, manufacturers, sub-contractors and others who fail to comply with appropriate federal and Georgia occupational and worksite safety regulations.

While construction accidents involving cranes result in the death of more than 80 workers per years and many more injuries, there are many other pieces of heavy equipment that may also cause construction accidents including:

  • Forklifts
  • Bulldozers
  • Aerial work platforms
  • Excavators
  • Tractors
  • Scissor lift accidents
  • Hoists

Our Georgia personal injury lawyers at Montlick and Associates are available to provide effective legal representation to clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast.  No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333).  You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Category: Personal Injury

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