A 200-foot crane collapsed in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on August 16, 2022. The accident occurred at the Steel District construction site. The collapse resulted in damage to a building in downtown. The incident occurred as the crane was lifting a precast column at an office tower being built as part of the project. Reports indicate during work a crane fell over onto one of the new buildings under construction. It is unclear if anyone was injured in the incident.
There have been a number of recent incidents involving cranes. There was an accident involving a Caltrain commuter train and two construction cranes in San Bruno, California on March 10, 2022. There was a deadly accident involving a crane in Pinson, Alabama on March 10, 2022. There was a deadly accident involving a crane in Pine Bluff, Arkansas on June 7, 2022. There was an accident involving a crane in Winchester, Massachusetts on August 9, 2022.
Companies, supervisors, and workers may not be fully aware of the hazards of operating cranes. As a result, they may not have implemented proper policies and procedures to minimize risks. One mechanism to safely evaluate and prepare for risks is through the use of a Job Safety Analysis (“JSA”) or Risk Assessment, which is standard in the industry. When this does not occur, it can result in catastrophic personal injury or death. In a JSA, each step of the job is examined to identify potential hazards and to recommend the safest way to perform the work in order to minimize those risks. According to OSHA:
A job hazard analysis is a technique that focuses on job tasks as a way to identify hazards before they occur. It focuses on the relationship between the worker, the task, the tools, and the work environment. Ideally, after you identify uncontrolled hazards, you will take steps to eliminate or reduce them to an acceptable risk level.
Our experienced lawyers have handled personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits of all kinds and have the skills needed to represent the families of loved ones who have lost their lives or those who have been seriously injured as a result of a crane accident. The experienced personal injury and wrongful death attorneys at Spagnoletti Law Firm can help you understand your rights if you or a loved one was a victim of an accident involving a crane.
Our lawyers have represented numerous workers who have sustained serious and catastrophic injuries on a job site as a result of the negligence of another party. Our experienced attorneys have previously been involved in numerous lawsuits involving cranes. There are strict and short time limits on making claims, so please contact us online or call 713-804-9306 or 877-678-5864 to learn more about your legal rights.