Crane and Aerial Lift Injury
There are numerous varieties of crane accidents. Electrocution can occur when cranes come in contact with power lines. Crane tip-overs and rollovers are all too common. Another problem is two-blocking, when an operator accidentally breaks the hoisting cable.
Bureau of Labor Statistics figures show that of 2,300 crane contacts with power lines annually, 115 result in death, 200 in permanent disability, and 1,800 in other injuries. The crane industry has refused to implement various safety devices that could prevent many crane injuries. Aerial lift tipovers continue to rank, along with electrocution, as the leading cause of fatalities and serious injuries. In 1983, one manufacturer designed and produced an anti-tipover device. Unfortunately, most manufacturers did not incorporate this device until the late 1990's.
The rapid growth of the crane industry and its steadfast refusal to utilize various safety devices has led to a boom in crane accident litigation. The subsequent formation of this group in 1987 has allowed scores of plaintiffs' attorneys to share information and thus help more victims receive compensation.
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