Workers on construction sites, oil rigs, or shipping docks are all familiar with the utility of and dangers posed by cranes. These tools can facilitate work that would otherwise be impossible, but if used improperly or in a manner that does not comply with applicable state and federal regulations, cranes can cause serious or even deadly accidents. If you’ve been injured in an on-the-job crane accident in Mississippi, you may have a right to money damages beyond what you receive in Workers’ Compensation, which doesn’t cover the full cost of lost work while recovering from a disabling injury. Speak with an attorney as soon as possible after you’re hurt in a crane accident by contacting Biloxi construction accident lawyer Corban Gunn for a free consultation.
Crane use is a leading source of fatal injury on job sites
There are dozens of different ways that cranes can be involved in serious construction accidents. As a result, cranes are a major source of grave and fatal injury accidents on worksites. In fact, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported that, among all crane accidents causing injuries, 50% resulted in a fatality. Examples of common crane accidents include:
Electrocution when crane makes contact with overhead power lines
Falling crane loads due to imbalanced loading or loading beyond the crane manufacturer’s specifications
Crane tipping or collapse where outer supports are not used
Workers struck by swinging crane booms or jibs
- Workers run over by mobile cranes
You may have a claim against independent contractors supplying cranes or employing crane operators
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 90% of all crane accidents result from human error. If a subcontracted crane provider or operator negligently failed to properly load, place, maintain, or operate a crane, and that negligent behavior resulted in an injury, then you may have a legal claim against that subcontractor.
If you’re out of work after a jobsite crane accident, get the help you need in recovering money you’re owed for your medical and rehabilitation expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Contact Mississippi Gulf Coast construction accident and workplace injury attorney Corban Gunn for a no-cost consultation on your crane accident claims, at 228.284.6805.