Dallas Crane Accident Attorneys
We Demand Answers After Crane Accidents Change the Lives of Workers
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 seven deadly crane accidents. Crane accidents became such a problem in the northern part of the state that the Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration (OSHA) 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: lack of training and lack of money.
Crane Accident FAQ
What are the most common crane safety violations?
OSHA has strict safety standards regarding crane use. These standards are in place to prevent catastrophic crane accidents that can cause serious injuries and property damage. Unfortunately, some individuals and companies overlook OSHA’s crane safety standards.
Common violations include:
- Improperly qualified and/or documented signalperson
- Materials rigged by an improperly qualified rigger
- Failure to perform monthly or annual inspections
- Failure to ensure a working radius at least 20 feet from power lines
- Failure to keep operator manuals and other documentation in the crane cab
- Failure to follow up on and address a deficiency noted during an inspection
- Failure to replace missing or damaged crane warning labels and decals
When any aspect of crane safety is overlooked or intentionally ignored, the results can be disastrous. That’s why our Dallas crane accident attorneys are so passionate about helping people who have lost loved ones or experienced life-changing injuries in preventable crane collapses, falls, and more.
What are the different types of crane accidents?
Any incident involving a crane may be classified as a crane accident. Crane operators, construction site workers, site inspectors, passersby, and occupants of nearby buildings or even motorists on nearby roads may be at risk of suffering harm in a crane accident.
Such accidents may include:
- Struck by an object that falls from a crane
- Struck by a swinging crane load
- Falling from a crane
- Struck or run over by a crane
- Crane collapses and overturns
- Boom collapses
- Boom or crane contact with power lines
Remember that you have rights if you’ve been injured in a crane accident. Serving Dallas, Texas, and the entire U.S., our team at Arnold & Itkin is here to set things right for people like you, who have had their lives turned upside down by “accidents” that could have been prevented if proper safety standards had been implemented.
What should I do if I was injured in a crane accident in the Dallas area?
If you were injured, seek medical attention. This should be your priority after any accident, and you should see a doctor even if you feel that you are not seriously injured. Some seemingly minor injuries, like whiplash or head trauma, can turn into serious problems if ignored. Once you’ve received the treatment you need, talk to an attorney. Whether you were working at a construction site, were operating the crane, or were a bystander, you have rights and options after a crane accident. Our firm has the experience and knowledge to give you the information you need to make the right decisions—so you and your family can face a better future. We fight for the injured and wronged in Dallas, throughout Texas, and across the nation. We’re standing by to fight for you.
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.