The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that there are over a quarter million crane operators and 175,000 cranes in operation on maritime and construction sites in the United States. Cranes are vital pieces of industrial equipment, but they are also the most dangerous. When crane safety protocols are not followed, accidents happen and the injuries are typically extremely severe or even fatal.
Common Injuries Suffered In Crane Accidents
Thousands of workers are injured in crane accidents each year.
Below are some of the most common injuries suffered in crane accidents.
- Broken or fractured bones
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Crush injuries
- Spinal cord injuries/paralysis
- Back injuries
Crane injuries generally occur when a worker is struck by an object on the crane or that has fallen off of the crane. Those types of injuries account for nearly two-thirds of all crane injuries. In fact, only 10% of crane injuries are suffered by the crane operator, meaning bystanders are at the greatest risk.
Have You Been Injured in a Crane Accident?
If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in a crane accident, you should consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. In many crane accidents, there are several different parties that could potentially be held liable for your injuries.
At Arnold & Itkin, our team of personal injury lawyers has the knowledge and experience to prosecute even the most complex crane accident cases. In a recent example, we took a crane accident case all the way to trial and won a $44 million verdict for our client.
Call Arnold & Itkin today to learn how we can help you.