Tenacious Kentucky Attorneys Fight on Behalf of Victims of Crane Accidents
Heavy crane collapses can destroy property—and people’s lives
Cranes are dangerous machines to operate or be near. Zurich Insurance Company has reported the annual number of crane-related injuries as ranging from 900 to 1,100, with average annual costs per accident of $205,000 to $490,000, depending on severity of injury. They also report that the most expensive crane-related injury settlement to date has been $29 million.
The hazards of crane operation
According to the Zurich Insurance report, on average 89 deaths occur annually from crane accidents, frequently caused by:
- Being struck by the crane load
- Electrocution from contact with power lines
- Carelessness during assembly and disassembly of the crane
- Boom or wire rope failure
- Crane tip-over
- Being struck by the rotating superstructure of the crane
- Falls from the crane
The average cost of each death is $1.1 million. Tower cranes have toppled from the upper floors of high-rise buildings, killing their operators and people on the street below, and causing immense property damage.
What efforts are being made to improve the safety of crane operations?
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) newest crane operation standards have been codified in federal law. OSHA has also ordered that specific safety inspections be scheduled and performed to ensure that all construction cranes are kept in safe operating condition. These include:
- Shift, monthly, and annual inspections for all equipment
- Shift, monthly, and annual inspections for all wire rope
- Post-assembly inspections upon completion of crane assembly
- Pre-erection inspections of tower cranes
- Inspections of modified, repaired, or adjusted equipment
- Four-year inspections of internal vessel/flotation devices for floating cranes and derricks
If you are the victim of a crane accident in which injury to you, or damage to your property, occurred the Kentucky construction accident attorneys at Crandall & Pera Law can help. Our record of successful litigation and negotiation on behalf of clients injured by negligent crane assembly and operation is an impressive one. Trust us to work as hard for you, toward obtaining the best settlement for you and your family.
Take advantage of our Kentucky construction accident lawyers’ experience
If you have been injured in an accident caused by a defective crane, seek legal advice as soon as possible. One of Crandall & Pera Law’s experienced Kentucky construction accident attorneys can be the point of contact between you and other interested parties – investigators, claims adjusters, and insurance company attorneys – advocating for you while you recover and get on with your life. In states like Kentucky, where responsibility for an accident may be shared, a Crandall & Pera Law attorney can represent your interest in seeing that it is shared fairly, if at all, in accordance with the facts of the case. Our record of successful outcomes in construction injury cases speaks for the professionalism and legal knowledge with which we have supported our clients. Let us do the same for you.
Please call us at 877-686-8879 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a Kentucky construction accident attorney who can assist you in Lexington, Louisville, or other areas of Kentucky.