Deadly Barge Crane Accident in Key Largo, Florida

by | Mar 25, 2023 | Construction Accident, Maritime Law, Wrongful Death

There was a crane accident in Key Largo, Florida on March 21, 2023.  During the incident, a crane located on a barge tipped over into the water.  The operator was trapped inside the crane.  The victim has been identified as Jose Eduardo Reyes Ponce, of Homestead, Florida.  The accident remains under investigation at this time.

There have been a number of recent incidents involving cranes.  There was a deadly crane accident at a Celina, Texas construction site on March 3, 2023.  A worker on a boom lift came into contact with power lines in Richmond, Virginia on March 8, 2023.  A crane fell onto a vehicle in Brooklyn, New York on March 9, 2023.  A crane collapsed at a Hawthorne, New York construction site on March 16, 2023.

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.

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