Arguably, the piece of construction equipment that requires the most experience and expertise is the crane. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and other regulatory agencies set forth strict requirements for the operation of cranes in construction areas. As a Hallandale personal injury lawyer that helps people injured in construction accidents, much of my practice is devoted to incidents involving cranes on construction sites.
Just yesterday, construction workers at a Madisonville, Kentucky, construction site nearly fell victim to a crane accident. Construction had been ongoing at a local community college when a crane tipped over and could have trapped and crushed the workers on site. According to reports, an apparent brake failure within the crane may have led to this accident on the construction site.
Moments before the construction accident, the crane had been stationed on a hill placing bricks when the brakes failed, sending the large crane rolling down the hill. In fact, at the precise time when the accident occurred, the crane was positioned on the hill with no construction workers in the area — no one was even present to witness this crash. Thankfully, no one was injured from this construction accident.
However, if a non-construction worker was injured from this crane rollover, then lawyers charged with helping those injured would have a field day litigating this case. Being a South Florida construction injury lawyer, simply put, a multi-ton unattended crane was positioned on a hill with no supervision — that would be the case in a nutshell. If an innocent bystander was injured as a result of this factual situation, then the construction company charged with the oversight of this construction area will have many questions that need to be answered.
For one, construction sites should never be unattended during work hours. Yet, if the site has to be unattended for some reason, then the proper precautions must be taken in order to ensure the safety of those at or near the construction zone. This especially holds true when a construction company is utilizing cranes and other high powered pieces of machinery.
If you or someone you know was injured, please contact our North Miami construction injury lawyers today.
By: Brandon Stein