Dallas Crane Accident Attorneys
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Crane accidents are devastating because of their weight, size, and location. Because cranes are typically used in densely populated areas, the collapse of one can be catastrophic for those near it. A crane collapse causes thousands of pounds of steel to crash into buildings and onto busy streets. Crane collapses rarely involve no injuries or fatalities, and they are completely preventable with the proper safety procedures.
If you’ve suffered because of a crane accident, contact our Dallas crane accident attorneys. Our team has won billions, including a landmark $44 million victory for a crane accident survivor. We have the experience and resources needed to recover damages after a crane accident. Call us today for a free consultation of your case. We know these times are hard for our clients, so we only collect a fee if we obtain results for them!
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Where & Why Do Crane Accidents Happen?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the United States has an average of 44 crane-related deaths each year. Crane accidents typically happen at construction sites or in the manufacturing industry. These industries combine to account for 64 percent of all crane accidents.
Common Dallas crane accident causes include the following:
- Improper usage of the crane
- Improper crane for the job
- Poor weather
- Improper set-up
- Falling debris
- Hazardous conditions surrounding the crane
This list reveals one thing: crane accidents are preventable and should never happen. Companies must train their crane operators properly, be sure that every worker at a job site is trained to avoid crane accidents and ensure that they are installing cranes securely and safely. When a crane is involved with an accident, it’s almost certain that the accident could have been prevented.
North Texas Leads the Entire Nation in Crane Accidents
During its comprehensive report on crane accidents, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found a shocking fact: Texas had nearly as many crane accident fatalities than the next four states combined. Between 2011 and 2015, Texas had 40 crane fatalities while the next four states had a combined 44 fatalities. Texas has a crane accident issue, and the companies who use them are very aware of it.
Since 2012, North Texas has had sevendeadly crane accidents. Crane accidents became such a problem in the northern part of the state that the Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration launched a special safety initiative in the region. During this initiative, OSHA conducted more than 77 inspections and handed out more than 65 violations. Of these violations, 71 percent were willful, serious, or a repeated offense. In other words, the OSHA initiative confirmed that North Texas has a widespread and obvious issue with crane safety.
Deadly North Texas crane accidents in recent years include:
- 2012: 2 workers killed at the University of Texas Dallas
- 2013: 1 Alvarado worker killed when struck by a crane
- 2013: 1 Mansfield worker killed by a falling sheet of metal coil
- 2015: 1 Dallas worker crushed to death between the crane boom and truck
- 2017: 1 Commerce worker killed by granite that fell from a crane
- 2017: 1 Royse City worker struck by a crane beam and killed
- 2017: 1 Dallas worker killed by a crane which fell over
The June 2019 Dallas Crane Collapse
On June 9, 2019, a crane collapsed onto an apartment complex and parking structure in Dallas. The collapse occurred during a severe storm advisory, and witnesses stated they saw the crane spin, sway, and slowly fall onto the nearby structures. Authorities confirmed that the accident killed one person, four people suffered serious injuries, and an additional individual received treatment and was released from the hospital.
Frustratingly, some experts are expressing that this accident was preventable. In a statement to CNN, former federal crane inspector Thomas Barth said that the crane should not have fallen over, and crew should have checked the weather and prepared the machine for strong gusts. According to an industry report, high winds account for 23 percent of fatal crane accidents. So, crane accidents are a known issue in Texas, and the likely cause of this accident is not a surprise for those familiar with cranes. Notably, Barth revealed that the collapsed crane could withstand gusts up to 140 mph, the highest gust reported in Dallas on the day of the accident was only 71 mph.
Barth confirmed that two things typically cause an accident such as this: a lack of training and a lack of money.
Help is Available from Our Dallas Crane Accident Lawyers at (888) 493-1629
At Arnold & Itkin, we’ve seen the destruction that crane accidents cause in the lives of victims and survivors. Recently, our crane accident attorneys were able to secure $44 million for a man who suffered through a leg amputation caused by a crane accident. The jury delivered this compensation to our client after only three weeks of trial in which we outlined the negligence that caused our client’s suffering.
Those who cause crane accidents do so out of negligent behavior, and they must be held accountable when they harm others. After an accident, medical bills, damaged property, time lost at work, and the cost of any future care are just a few of the losses that victims can recover. If a crane accident killed your loved one, those responsible should be held accountable.
When you call us, we’ll devote every resource possible to finding out who was responsible for the crane accident. Then, we will fight for a fair settlement from these parties. If they are unwilling to be fair, we will not hesitate to take your case to court and fight aggressively for your compensation. Best of all, we never collect any fees as we fight for you. Instead, we’ll only collect money if we win results.
Call our Dallas crane accident lawyers at (888) 493-1629. We have the experience needed to help you.