Dangers of Working Around Cranes on New York Construction Sites

Crane Accident Injuries Don’t Only Affect New York Crane Workers

Crane accidents often make the news. They can be dramatic construction accidents that result in significant injuries, or fatalities, for crane operators. However, it isn’t just crane operators who are at risk. It is also construction workers who work around these heavy, and potentially dangerous, pieces of equipment.

What You Need to Know if You Work Around Cranes

If there are cranes used at your New York construction site, then it is important to:

  • Stay out from under the crane. This includes suspended hooks and loads. Loads may shift or not be securely fasten and fall. If you are underneath, then your resulting crane accident injuries may be devastating.
  • Be seen. If the crane operator can’t see you, then he can’t take proper precautions to keep you safe. In fact, if the crane operator can’t see you he may assume that there is no one in the area and operate the crane accordingly, which can result in a serious or fatal injury for you.
  • Stay clear of the crane even when it is stationary. Do not touch the crane unless you are supposed to and know that all is clear. You do not know if the crane is touching a live wire or if the load will fall and result in a significant accident.

A crane is an important piece of construction equipment and is necessary on many New York construction jobs. However, just because it is commonly used does not mean that it is always safe. As with any heavy piece of equipment, it is important to remember to always follow the safety rules to prevent a serious accident.

Call a New York Construction Attorney if You’ve Been Hurt

Even if you follow all the rules, a crane accident could happen and could cause you to suffer a serious injury. If this has happened to you, then we encourage you to contact an experienced New York construction accident attorney at 1-800-362-9329 for more information. We also encourage you to read our FREE brochure: Hurt in a Construction Accident? You’re Not Alone , to learn more.

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