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Crane Accidents Cause Serious Injuries In Michigan

When crane accidents involving construction equipment occur in Michigan, there is potential for serious injuries and substantial property damage to occur. Recently, in Fillmore Township, a crane accident occurred that killed one worker. The owner-operator of a construction equipment business was operating the crane in question when the crane tipped over and pinned the man inside the crane’s cab. This man was later determined to using the crane alone in order to move a large piece of equipment from a flat ed trailer when the crane rolled onto its side, which killed the worker.

The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced its intentions to investigate exactly how this incident occurred. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, there are 125,000 cranes operating throughout construction zones in the United States. Statistics also show that more than 400 crane accidents have been investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration over the previous five years that resulted in 354 fatalities. As a result of the significant danger presented by crane accidents, all construction workers should understand the significant danger presented by these events.

 

Common Causes of Crane Accidents

The most common causes of crane accidents include cranes: overturning, coming into contact with power lines, falling from high places, and experiencing mechanical failures. Cranes that improperly constructed, adverse weather conditions, debris near cranes, and workers to fail to use cranes within the manufacturer’s specifications are also known to cause crane accidents. The workers who are most likely to be injured by crane accidents include crane operators, construction laborers, electricians, and metalworkers.

 

Types of Crane Accidents

There are many types of cranes that can cause significant crane accidents in Michigan each year. It is important to understand the various types of cranes in use: crawler cranes are mounted on top of an undercarriage and used to move particularly heavy objects, mobile cranes are mounted on top of a truck carrier, and tower cranes are used to work at high levels of construction in a manner similar to balance cranes. Some of the other types of cranes include: deck cranes, floating cranes, gantry cranes, level luffing cranes, overhead cranes, railroad cranes, and side lift cranes.

 

Ways To Prevent Crane Accidents

Because a large number of crane accidents are due to human error, it is particularly important that individuals understand some of the best ways to prevent crane accidents. Individuals who operate cranes are advised to follow several key recommendations:

  • All individuals using a crane should be aware of the crane’s weight restrictions.
  • Careful measurements should be taken of how close a crane will come to power lines.
  • Individuals using a crane should have a safety plan created in a case of an accident.
  • Make sure that crane equipment is thoroughly inspected and working properly.
  • Only allow trained and certified workers to operate the crane.

 

Consult With A Knowledgeable Michigan Construction Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been injured due to any type of construction equipment, you should consider retaining the services of an experienced Michigan construction accident lawyer like the legal counsel at Jay Trucks & Associates, PC. Our firm knows how to help individuals in this situation obtain the best results possible. With over 100 years of combined legal experience and millions of dollars won on our clients behalf, we can fight the insurance company to get you all of the money you deserve for your injures, lost work, and pain and suffering. Contact us for a free case evaluation immediately.

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