Advice for Crane Accidents Injury Compensation Claims
Crane accidents are one of the leading causes of death and injury in the construction industry. Each year workers are injured or killed in a variety of crane accidents, which include electrocution through a crane making contact with overhead wires. Another is being struck by uncontrolled or falling loads and yet another work injury is through being crushed or struck by a crane.
While almost all industries use cranes at some time, the building and construction industry is where the use is continuous, thus where more industrial accidents occur.
Accidents occur when people adjust other equipment to improvise a cranes use - thereby creating an unsafe piece of equipment.
The use of substandard lifting equipment and utilizing unsafe methods for attachment clearly contribute to some fatal accidents. Devices need to meet the appropriate safety standards at all times.
Work should never proceed exactly where loads or items are suspended from cranes, on jacks or on forklifts. Appropriate hoists should always be used to prevent accidents.
Visibility is important. A crane driver's visibility from the cabin should never be limited, nor communication between those on site vital to the activities of the crane driver. All areas should be cleared before commencing any operation.
All loads should be secured against dislodgement from slings especially when there are high winds. When necessary a backup sling should be used.
Crane Safety Advice
- Only certificated personnel should operate cranes and no other persons. When assisting others with the use of a crane, it is important that those assisting be trained and certified appropriately.
- Always ensure the safety of other people, including the public, when utilizing cranes and heavy machinery.
- All activities should be pre-planned before any work activity begins.
- Always take into consideration the proximity of power lines
- Where decisions are being made with regard to clearances, procedures, equipment and personnel involved with crane activity - safety takes precedence.
- Always be certain that crane equipment is maintained and in optimum condition. Manufacturers fittings and replacement parts should only be used and nothing else.
- Lifting equipment should be of adequate capacity, inspected regularly and meet the relevant standards for such equipment. This includes the use of hooks and slings.
- The only people that should carry out maintenance, inspection and repairs of Cranes are authorised and properly trained personnel.
- Positioning of the equipment is of great concern. The operator should be aware at all times of the whereabouts and positioning of the equipment especially with relation to hazards.
- Never work on an item or load suspended from a crane, especially underneath it. Work should always be supported on stable work stands or stanchions.