Crane Pose Serious Risk of Causing Georgia Construction Accidents


May 11, 2011

Cranes are a fundamental piece of heavy machinery used in the construction industry. While mobile cranes serve a vital and even essential role in many building projects, they are a leading cause of serious injury and wrongful death in construction accidents.

It has been estimated that as many as one-third of all fatal construction accidents involve crane-related accidents. Though this is a significant percentage of construction-related accidents, the number of injuries and fatalities associated with crane accidents is probably much higher as most industry statistics tend to lump cranes in with other heavy machinery. Most people underestimate the significance of the problem, but with almost 100,000 cranes in use and a multitude of hazards related to each one, serious crane accidents are common in Georgia and throughout the U.S.

Our experienced Atlanta construction accident law firm has been representing those injured by heavy machinery and industrial vehicles, including accidents involving cranes, for over a quarter of a century. If you have been seriously injured or a loved one has been killed in a fatal crane accident in Georgia, our Atlanta crane accident attorneys conduct investigations of crane accidents on Atlanta construction projects and construction sites throughout Georgia. If you are the victim of a Georgia construction accident or have lost a loved one in a crane accident, you may be entitled to compensation for injuries or loss suffered in a crane accident.

There are many factors that can cause crane accidents, but some of the most serious involve:

  • Any failure of lifting tackle or unanticipated rigging failure causing a falling load
  • Employees working within radius of swinging cab or counterweight
  • Inadvertent rotation of the turntable
  • Crane tipping accidents related to an improperly secured load or excessively heavy load
  • Accidents related to access and egress of the crane
  • Operator error resulting from confusion regarding controls
  • Electrocution of crane operators or nearby workers when cranes contact power lines
  • Injuries to people on the ground from a moving or falling load
  • Improper assembly or disassembly resulting from inadequate communication or worker mistakes
  • Accidents involving manlifts
  • Malfunction of the crane or its component parts
  • Boom buckling

A crane is a complex piece of machinery so these crane accident factors are only a small sampling of potential causes of Georgia crane accidents. There are specific OSHA requirements that regulate safety issues related to crane use. But given the seriousness of the risk, these regulations do not prevent many serious Georgia crane accidents. In other situations, OSHA regulations are ignored placing crane operators and other construction workers at risk of serious injury or wrongful death.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a serious crane accident or you have lost someone you love in a mobile crane accident, you should seek immediate legal advice from an experienced construction accident attorney. Construction sites are constantly changing, so evidence can be destroyed or disappear quickly. At Montlick and Associates, our crane accident attorneys will promptly investigate the causes of crane-related accidents so that we can preserve valuable evidence and develop the best theory of liability. Our experienced Atlanta crane accident law firm is dedicated to helping those injured by the negligence of others throughout the state, and building a reputation as the best construction accident law firm in Georgia.

Our Atlanta crane accident lawyers are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. 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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