Why Aerial Lift Construction Accidents Happen

Three Common Causes of Aerial Lift Accidents

Paul Hofmann
Specializes in personal injury, with emphasis on maritime, railroad and construction worker tort claims

Construction doesn’t always happen at ground level. In order to complete your job, you need to get on a scissor lift, a bucket truck, a boom lift, or a different type of aerial lift.

You may be aware of the dangers working in an aerial lift presents. You instinctively know, for example, that there is a risk of falling, a risk of touching live wires, a risk of collision, and other dangers and that these dangers can result in serious injuries or death.

So It Is Important to Know What Causes Aerial Lift Accidents

If you understand the causes of aerial lift accidents on construction sites, then you may be able to avoid them. Three potential causes of such aerial lift accident include:

  • Coworker negligence.
  • Lack of safety precautions.
  • Equipment malfunction.


Accidents that occur because of these causes could be prevented if:

  • Staff training is provided on an ongoing basis.
  • Safety policies and procedures are in place and enforced.
  • Equipment is regularly checked and tested before you begin working.
  • Everyone on the job site remains diligent and is encouraged to make safety a top priority.


However, not every aerial lift accident is preventable. Sometimes, accidents happen in ways that cannot be predicted.

And You Need to Know What to Do Next

If you’ve been hurt in an aerial lift accident on a New York or New Jersey construction site, then you may have the right to recover damages for your injuries. Workers’ compensation insurance or a third-party lawsuit may help you with your medical expenses and your lost income if you are unable to work. However, in many cases you are going to have to be prepared to protect your own rights. Your employer will not do it for you. Accordingly, we encourage you to read our free pamphlet, “ Hurt in a Construction Accident? You’re Not Alone” to learn more about your rights and to follow us on Facebook for tips about your recovery.