The construction industry can be a dangerous industry to work in but, with the correct training and protective equipment, the risk of injury or accident should be significantly reduced. The crane is a piece of moving machinery which can be found on many building sites but it can also be found on oil rigs, in the mining industry and various other workplaces. Cranes can be dangerous machines, particularly due to their size and weight.
Accidents with cranes are extremely rare which is probably due to the amount of training that a worker must undergo before operating such large-scale pieces of machinery. Workers in the vicinity of the crane must operate with caution also and wear appropriate equipment such as a hard hat, safety shoes and a high visibility vest to ensure a crane driver can see you clearly while you are on sire. Unfortunately, the potential for an accident to occur is still present, particularly if someone is operating the crane without training or someone has been negligent.
When you can make a claim for a crane injury
A crane injury may occur due to simple human error when assembling or rigging the crane or they may occur due to a fault with the machine itself. The crane may come into contact with scaffolds nearby causing an accident or it may be driven by an incompetent driver. There are many ways accidents can occur but when injuries are sustained to workers, there may be someone else at fault. This may be the fault of the driver, another worker or the management responsible for training crane operators. If there is evidence that someone was negligent and an injury was sustained because of a crane or other piece of machinery, you may be able to make a workplace compensation claim.
How to begin claiming for a crane injury
Gather any evidence that you can where someone has displayed negligence and ask for any witnesses to come forward to make statements on your behalf. The more evidence of negligence the more likely it is that your claim is successful. Accident Advice Helpline can assist you with this, so to speak to one of our solicitors, call our 24-hour free helpline on 0800 689 0500. Our solicitors will offer you no-obligation advice regarding your case and our no win, no fee policy means that you have nothing to pay upfront for our advice and assistance. Crane injuries can cause significant time absent from work and difficulty returning to work so any compensation won will help you financially.
Date Published: July 23, 2014
Author: David Brown