There was a crane accident in Moundville, Alabama on November 22, 2023. According to reports, workers were in the process of moving a shipping container at Ballard Concrete when one of the chains securing the load broke. As a result, the shipping container fell onto one of the workers, killing him. The victim has been identified as Cornell James. The incident remains under investigation. Our thoughts and prayers to those impacted by this deadly accident.
There have been a number of recent incidents involving cranes. There was a deadly crane collapse in Breckenridge, Minnesota on September 27, 2023. A worker at the Evraz Steel Mill long rail mill project was killed when a crane collapsed in Pueblo, Colorado on October 20, 2023. There was a deadly crane accident in Farmington, Utah on October 23, 2023. A barge crane toppled into the Intracoastal Waterway in Gulf Stream, Florida on October 25, 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.