Few mechanical structures loom as ominously as a crane does over a building site. They are brought in for the biggest projects and heaviest workload. It’s little wonder then, that the consequences of crane accidents tend to be dramatic, damaging and dangerous.
What are crane accidents usually caused by?
The reasons behind crane accidents can range from something as simple as a slip, trip or fall while accessing the carriage, to catastrophic collisions and everything in between.
Problems often arise because the crane has been overloaded, either because of a miscalculation or people trying to cut corners and save time.
Then there is the crane itself. Such complex machinery needs to be tested and inspected both regularly and thoroughly before it can be declared fit for purpose. These inspections should cover everything from the electrical wiring to the nuts and bolts structure of the crane.
What causes cranes to collide with structures?
Of all the types of accidents that can occur with cranes, undoubtedly the most spectacular, and serious, are collisions. These usually occur as a result of two things:
It may well be that the driver of the crane has simply made a mistake when it came to judging how much room they had to manoeuvre.
Alternatively, the workforce may have overloaded the crane in error, thinking it could handle more weight then it actually could.
In other situations, the construction site accident may have occurred because the weather, such as wind, had not been accounted for in calculations.
A message misunderstood, or received in error, is often responsible for collisions on a construction site. The crane driver may think he has been given the go ahead when in fact nothing of the sort has happened. Building sites are noisy places and concentration is paramount.
The frequency of accidents at work in construction means it is crucial that all workers are sufficiently protected with appropriate clothing and equipment. Hard hats and high visibility jackets are just the start of the necessary precautions to minimise the severity of any injuries at work.
Accident Advice Helping can help anyone who thinks they may be due some work accident compensation following an injury at work.
Their freephone advice line is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and their team have over 13 years experience in taking on, and winning, these types of cases.
Date Published: November 24, 2013
Author: David Brown