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A Construction Worker is Killed After Being Struck by an Object on a Crane

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
Construction work with crane 2

Construction work with crane 2 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In Fort Lauderdale, Florida, late last month a 29-year-old construction worker was fatally injured when a ceiling roof beam struck him. Three workers were struck as a crane was lowering the beam into place. According to an eye-witness, a support gave way as the crane was lowering a joist. The men were knocked off of scaffolding and a ladder.

Crane safety is a crucial issue, particularly on construction sites; and crane accidents are events that occur far too frequently in Texas and elsewhere. The root of the problem, as far as crane-related accidents, is a lack of adequate training of crane operators.

Modern-day cranes are specially engineered to be as light as possible, for purposes of transporting them on highways, while also being capable of lifting maximum capacity loads. There were days when guesswork was involved in the weight of loads, but those days are long gone. Crane operators should understand the load being hoisted and details about the load in order to determine whether the crane is capable of safely moving it. When related procedures aren’t understood or adequately performed, the results can be disastrous.

Crane operators have been questioned about what happened, after accidents occur. The most common causes of crane accidents include:

  • Lack of training.
  • Pressure to complete the job as quickly as possible.
  • Complacency.
  • Using the wrong equipment for the job at hand.

According to estimates from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), somewhere between 64 and 82 construction workers are fatally injured as a result of working around cranes or derricks every year; another 263 are injured annually.

–Guest Contributor

 

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