In this day and age where the construction industry is continuing to rise with the demands of industrialization and urbanization, crane-related accidents are–at an alarming rate–continuing to rise as well. Just recently, one of the nation’s largest mobile cranes crumbled and fell which resulted in the death of four construction workers in an oil refinery in Houston, Texas. Seven others were also injured in the same tragedy.
This is following similar crane mishaps in just the past few months in Miami, Las Vegas, and New York, where a number of deaths, injuries, and damages have also been reported. And this is indeed very alarming given that these numbers are greater than the total deaths from cranes recorded in the past decade.
HEIGHT: 300 FEET / BOOM: 400 FEET
These towering and massive steel structures should not be taken with mere regard. From their looks alone, cranes are threats in themselves and dangerous to work with and around. The mobile crane that recently fell in Houston stood 300 feet tall (about as tall as a 30-storey building) and had a 400-foot boom. Reports and testimonies on the site of the accident also revealed that the impact of the crane’s fall was so big that it shook the ground and even created a deep crater where the crane landed.
What does this say about crane safety, then? Failing cranes, crumbling cranes, falling cranes, the list of reasons for these fatal crane accidents goes on and on. And where, indeed, are we going wrong?
A study conducted by the Associated Press just last month showed that cities and states have diverse and varying rules concerning construction cranes. AP’s analysis also revealed that some of these cities and states have no local regulations at all, and instead, use decades-old, non-updated, and obsolete federal guidelines and standards which are no longer in sync with recent and relevant technological developments.
If you or a loved one has been hurt by a crane accident in New York City, contact us at 917-519-8417 and let The Law Offices of Andrew C. Laufer, PLLC fight for your rights.