New OSHA Rule on Crane SafetyJanuary 8, 2019
Operating a crane can be an extremely dangerous job, especially if the crane operator does not take the appropriate steps to avoid risk and prevent accidents. Whether you are operating the crane or working at a construction site where a crane is being used, a crane accident can cause devastating injuries and fatalities, as well as massive property damage.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently published its final rule requiring employers to ensure that all crane operators receive the training necessary to safely operate the machine. If you were seriously injured in a crane accident at work, you may be eligible for Workers’ Compensation benefits.
The New Rule
The rule states that employers must train all crane operators based on the specific job they are assigned to carry out. In addition, employers must conduct performance evaluations for crane operators on a regular basis. If a crane operator was evaluated before December 9, 2018, the employer does not need to evaluate the employee again; but they will need to document the evaluation once it is complete.
In addition to getting the proper training, crane operators must be certified or licensed, and make sure that they receive additional training anytime they will be operating new equipment. For example, crane operators must receive specific training based on the type and capacity of the crane.
The final rule became effective on December 9, 2018, and the evaluation and documentation requirements will be effective February 7, 2019.
Common Causes of Crane Accidents
According to OSHA, approximately 125,000 cranes are used at construction sites across the country. They enable workers to complete tasks they would not otherwise be able to do. However, they can pose serious risks to the operators and other workers in the vicinity.
The following are some of the most common causes of crane accidents:
- Rigging failures
- Mechanical failures
- Unsafe conditions, including debris surrounding the crane
- Colliding with energized power lines
- Dropping heavy objects
- Improper set up
- Failing to follow safety protocol
Injuries Caused by Crane Accidents
Crane-related injuries tend to be quite serious, if not fatal. If a worker is lucky enough to survive a crane accident, it is likely that he or she will suffer severe injuries. Depending on the nature of the injuries, the employee may be out of work for a significant period of time.
The following are common injuries that are common in crane accidents:
- Severe head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Cervical spine injuries
- Lumbar spine injuries
Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Secure Compensation for Victims of Crane Accidents
If you or someone you know has been seriously injured in a crane accident while on the job, do not hesitate to contact the Baltimore Workers’ Compensation lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. Crane accidents can be particularly devastating due to the sheer size of the machine. We will investigate the cause of the accident and seek the maximum financial benefits to which you are entitled. Protecting your rights is our top priority. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 844-556-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.