The danger of being struck by a falling object is an everyday reality for many people working in construction. As an industry figures from the Health and Safety Executive show that it is a leader in terms of reported injuries at work over the course of the year.
What kind of accidents at work happen in construction?
Much of this is to do with the inherent risks that are inescapable when working in this field. Building requires complex, large machinery and tools as well as heavy materials and dangerous substances.
Nothing epitomises the mechanical ingenuity and elevated risks of working in construction better than the crane.
How do crane accidents and injuries at work occur?
The threats posed by cranes are large in both number and variety. From electrical faults and loading problems to large scale collisions and simply accessing the cab, there is often no telling where the next accident is going to come from.
Top of the nightmare list, however, is probably falling objects. The consequences of this type of work accident can be extremely serious.
Why do falling object crane accidents occur?
Typically, objects will fall from a crane’s load simply because it has been overburdened. Whether the workers miscalculated how much the crane could take or overloaded it in the hope of saving time, an unbalanced load usually spells disaster.
Other external factors, such as high winds, can also cause parts of the load to become loose and tumble to the ground.
This is where the humble hard hat can become a genuine lifesaver. Though the consequences of injuries at work are frequently extremely serious, the severity of the situation, if health and safety measures were not in place, doesn’t bear thinking about.
All workers on a construction site should have what is called Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). This includes hard hats, high visibility jackets and steel toe-capped boots. No member of staff should be expected to work with insufficient PPE.
Employers have a duty of care with regards to the health and safety of their workers and in these instances it would include regular and comprehensive inspections of the tools involved, including the crane.
If you have suffered a construction site accident then you may well be due some work accident compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline can offer professional, friendly guidance on the validity of your claim and see it through to a conclusion, usually without a court appearance.
Date Published: November 24, 2013
Author: David Brown