In Texas, we see our fair share of cranes involved in construction and industrial sites. While cranes are clearly essential tools when it comes to lifting heavy objects while building, they are also incredibly dangerous if they aren’t properly operated. The frequency of workplace injuries on construction sites is horrifying enough, but recent data has revealed that Texas leads the nation when it comes to the number of fatalities caused by crane accidents.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Texas saw 40 fatal occupational injuries involving cranes between 2011-2015. Illinois followed as the second state with the most fatal crane incidents, but only with a count of 12 fatalities within the same timeframe. Third in line was Florida, with 11 fatalities. Though each workplace death was equally devastating, the fact that Texas leads the country with at least four times the number of deaths in other states is alarming, and begs the question: why are so many of these crane accidents happening?
Common Causes of Crane Accidents:
Crane accidents happen to be one of the leading causes of construction workers’ deaths. According to OSHA, some of the most common causes of these accidents include:
- Cranes buckling or collapsing due to mechanical failures
- Crane assembling failures
- Cranes crashing into nearby buildings
- Cranes running into power lines
- Cranes overturning
- Boom collapses
- Cranes dropping heavy objects or debris while operating
- Crane hook-lifting device failure
- Unsafe work environments surrounding a crane
- Severe weather
Workplace Accident Help
While the causes of crane accidents may vary, the severity is serious in every case, and oftentimes results in serious injuries or death. Construction site workers and local bystanders are put in harm’s way when a crane is not operated safely or if human error occurs (which happens to be the case in 90% of crane accidents).
If you or a loved one has been involved in a construction site accident, we want to help. Contact the workplace injury attorneys at Liggett Law Group today for your free case evaluation. We’ll help you get the justice and compensation you deserve.