Tampa Crane Injuries
The construction and manufacturing industries use cranes to move heavy loads. While cranes play a huge role in these environments, they need to be used safely. Cranes can be dangerous, especially when safety protocols are not followed.
Crane accidents can occur if cranes are not used and maintained properly or if they are assembled or disassembled incorrectly. Crane accidents also occur when nearby workers are struck by the crane. Regular inspections are a must to ensure cranes are working properly,
The good news is that technologies are making cranes safer. Improved crane training is helping. Workplaces are making strides to help improve safety. Still, crane accidents continue to happen. If you have been a victim, seek legal help from the Tampa personal injury lawyers at Anderson & Anderson.
Causes of Crane Accidents
Crane accidents are typically caused by the following:
Contact with electrical lines. This is one of the most common causes of accidents. The crane operator and workers must be aware of where live wires are. Plus, they should ensure that power to electrical lines is shut off before working near the wires.
Improper crane assembly. Improper assembly is another major reason why cranes collapse. If the crane does not have the proper supports in place to stabilize the load, the load could shift and make the crane collapse.
Cranes collapsing. Cranes have weight limits in place. If the operator exceeds the weight limit, it puts excess stress on the crane, possibly causing it to tip over.
Mechanical failures. Mechanical failures are often caused by poor maintenance. Crane components should be oiled regularly. If there are any issues, they should be repaired promptly.
Improper employee training. Crane operators must be properly trained on how to use the crane, which includes completing appropriate OSHA courses. Also, employers should ensure that workers are aware of crane dangers and maintain a safe distance when around other workers.
Inspections. Cranes should be inspected before use. Employers should not take shortcuts. They should perform full inspections to ensure cranes are safe before using them.
How to Prevent Crane Accidents
Workplaces should follow these guidelines to reduce the number of crane accidents:
- Cranes should only be operated by fully trained personnel.
- Inspections should be performed by a competent person before use.
- Cranes must be level and on a firm, stable surface.
- Maintain at least a 10-foot safe working clearance from all overhead electric power lines.
- Do not exceed the load chart capacity.
- Do not move loads over workers.
- Follow manufacturer instructions when operating a crane.
Contact Us Today
Cranes are large pieces of machinery and should be operated with care. Accidents happen often during improper use and can result in serious injury and death.
The Tampa personal injury lawyers at Anderson & Anderson can assist you with your crane accident case. We can help with liability and compensation issues. Schedule a free consultation with our office today by filling out the online form or calling 813-251-0072.