Construction sites are some of the most dangerous workplaces in New York City and all of New York state. Even though there are laws and regulations on the books to protect construction workers, accidents still happen that leave workers injured or even dead. Construction is a dangerous profession in which to work but it has its advantages. The most dangerous piece of equipment found on a construction site is that of the crane. Cranes are tall, narrow, heavy and can topple over in an instant when the wind gets hold of them or if they are not operated correctly. Let’s dig a little deeper into crane usage and how they can be operated safely to avoid any accidents in today’s post.
Crane Accident Statistics
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), an average of 70 people are killed annually in the United States due to cranes. The sheer size and weight of a crane makes it dangerous to work on a crane, near a crane, or to even walk near a construction site where a crane is operating. A crane can tip onto its side, drop its load, or even catch fire due to malfunctioning equipment. All of these incidents can lead to tragic and deadly injuries to the operator, workers on the ground, and passersby.
Proper Training Required
The proper training is required for all those who not only wish to operate a crane but also work near a crane. It can be incredibly difficult, if not impossible, for a crane operator to see his or her entire surroundings. That’s why when a crane is in operation there should be at least one spotter on the ground issuing instructions to the operator. Every person working on the construction site should know that a crane is present and that it can drop its load in an instant, leading to tragic circumstances. OSHA also recommends that every crane in operation on a construction site have a boom tip camera installed to help the crane operator see blind spots and other hidden areas.
Crane Safety Features
Most cranes these days should have important safety features installed before you allow them to operate on a construction site. One such feature is a hands-free communication system so that the operator always has both hands on the controls, reducing the risk of an accident because of the crane operating out of control. A hands-free communication system can be an earpiece, microphone, or other digital device that connects the operator with a spotter on the ground.
Another safety feature that should be on all cranes on your construction site includes automatic brakes. These brakes would engage if equipment on the crane fails, stopping the machine from operating. The crane should also have extra brakes installed that would got into effect if the main brakes fail. This would help prevent the crane from being involved in an accident.
OSHA also recommends that fire alarms be installed on cranes in the event that a part malfunctions and causes a fire. There should also be automatic shutdown features installed on cranes so that the machine stops works automatically in the event of a fire.
Contact an Experienced New York City Personal Injury Attorney About Your Construction Accident claim in New York
Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to a crane accident in New York? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party, or their insurance company, to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at Proner & Proner represent clients injured because of construction accidents in Manhattan, The Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, throughout New York and Bethel, Connecticut. Contact us by calling 212-500-1003 or email us to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 60 E. 42nd Street, Suite 1503, Manhattan as well as offices in The Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Bethel, Connecticut.
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