In the world of construction and heavy machinery, cranes are towering symbols of progress and industrial might. However, they also pose significant risks, sometimes leading to tragic accidents. A report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sheds light on this issue, revealing statistics about crane-related fatalities. Between 2011 and 2017, there were 297 reported deaths due to crane accidents, averaging 42 fatalities per year. Deldar Legal takes a deeper look into these numbers to understand their implications for workplace safety and legal accountability in California.
Statistical Overview Of Crane Accidents
By using the same data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the construction industry witnessed a troubling trend: 297 lives lost in crane-related incidents. Intriguingly, over half of these fatalities involved workers being struck by objects or equipment. Specifically, in 91 out of 154 cases, workers were fatally struck by falling objects or equipment, with 79 instances involving objects falling from or set in motion by a crane.
Transportation incidents and falls to a lower level accounts for about 13% and 14% of the remaining fatalities, respectively. In the private construction industry, 43% of the fatal injuries involving cranes occurred, predominantly in specialty trade contractors and heavy civil engineering sectors. The manufacturing industry accounted for another 24% of crane-related deaths.
Now, if you break the data down by state, California is among the top five deadliest states in terms of fatal crane accidents:
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However, Texas has more fatal injuries from cranes than the next three states combined. Most of these incidents involved operating a crane, according to the bureau’s data. Now comes the next part, what is the solution? This is where you take a hard look at the statistics and begin to formulate solutions. We will start by analyzing the trends and putting context to these numbers.
Analyzing The Trends
These statistics highlight the risks in crane operations. The predominance of fatalities resulting from being struck by objects underscores the need for enhanced safety measures in handling and operating cranes. The significant proportion of accidents in the private construction industry calls for targeted safety initiatives in this sector. Moreover, the data reflects the criticality of proper training and safety protocols, especially in high-risk occupations like crane operation.
Prevention For Crane Accidents
To mitigate the risks with crane operations, strict adherence to safety regulations is imperative. Employers must ensure that crane operators and onsite workers are well-trained and equipped with the necessary safety gear. Regular maintenance of cranes and adherence to operational protocols can significantly reduce the likelihood of accidents. Regulatory bodies must also play their part by enforcing safety standards and conducting regular inspections to ensure compliance.
Training programs are out there for workers to hone their skills and become a fully-licensed crane operator. For example, the California Crane School provides educational courses and hands-on experience to anybody who already works in the industry or is trying to become part of it. The school says they take an innovative approach to, “offer the most efficient, effective, and fun crane operator certification course.”
Crane accidents more than statistical data; they represent real lives and families affected by workplace hazards. The legal implications of these accidents are profound. Workers and their families must be aware of their legal rights. Firms like Deldar Legal play a crucial role in navigating the complexities of compensation and liability in these cases.
Our team of crane injury attorneys will dedicate their time to helping you secure the justice and compensation you deserve. For a thorough evaluation of your case and personalized legal advice, do not hesitate to contact us at (844) 335-3271. Your safety and well-being are our top priority, and we are here to help every step of the way.
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