Crane related injury compensation claims are quite rare today, due to improved health and safety measures that have been implemented by employers. However they do still happen and when an accident does occur, due to the size of the machinery, the injuries suffered tend to be serious and can even prove to be fatal. Thankfully, recent figures show that fatalities in the UK are extremely low and only average out at one a year.

Cranes are used daily within the construction industry and can be seen on building sites throughout the UK. They are also employed on oil rigs, as well as in the shipping, wind energy and mining industries. Due to the size of the plant, careful measures should always be taken to ensure the safety of employees and the public.

Employers have a legal obligation and duty to ensure that all safety measures that are in place to avert danger and the possibility of an accident occurring are always adhered to. Even workers on site that are not operating the crane should wear protective equipment including hard hats and safety boots. They should also be provided with high visibility jackets so that those operating the equipment can easily spot them. The crane itself should be subject to regular inspections and any necessary maintenance carried out.

Those operating the machinery should be thoroughly trained and equipped to do so, similarly those responsible for securing, slinging and locating the load. This is very important as if the load is unsafe, the consequences can be devastating. Many factors have to be taken into consideration such as the wind level, water possibly saturating the load, ice and anything else that could affect the movement or weight of it.

There are a variety of reasons as to why accidents do still occur, despite the safety measures that are put in place. These include:

  • There could be a mechanical fault with the crane
  • The crane could collapse
  • The crane could come into contact with overhead power lines
  • Collision with another crane, or other heavy plant that is being used on site
  • Human error whilst disassembling and assembling, or whilst rigging the crane
  • Inclement weather that can affect visibility, as well as high winds
  • Suspended loads moving suddenly or falling
  • Unbalanced or unsecured loads

Unfortunately, due to all of the above, accidents still do happen. If you have been injured in an accident that involved a crane, whether you were the crane operator, an employee just working on the site or a member of the public then you could be entitled to compensation. For personal injury claims there is a time limit, so the sooner you file your claim the better. To find out more about how Cute Injury can help, get in touch today using the options below...

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