Help from South Carolina Construction Accident Lawyers when Crane Accidents Cause Catastrophic Injuries
When an accidental injury or death occurs because of poor maintenance or operator negligence, we seek justice
Construction sites pose a plethora of risks and hazards to the hard workers on duty. Cranes are particularly dangerous pieces of equipment. As a construction worker, your employer needs to ensure all employees are protected from harm. If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries as the result of a crane accident, McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC’s team of South Carolina personal injury and workers’ compensation lawyers are here to help. Form our offices throughout the state, our attorneys help construction accident victims across the state recover the compensation for their injuries.
Safe crane operation
In its 2011 Compliance Guide for Cranes and Derricks In Construction, The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sets the responsibility for safe operation: ”employers who operate cranes on a construction site are responsible for complying with all aspects of the standard, but other employers whose personnel work at the site have responsibilities as well.” It continues by identifying those responsible parties as:
- Employers who create or control hazards,
- Employers whose employees are exposed to hazards, and
- Employers with general supervisory authority over a worksite.
Under these rules, if a crane leasing company fails to adhere to proper maintenance standards, and then leases a deficient crane to a structural steel subcontractor, then the leasing company, the subcontractor, and the general contractor will all be held responsible if the deficiency causes an accidental injury or death. And that is separate from any product liability suit that might also be brought against the crane’s manufacturer.
What are some of the hazards of crane operation?
The hazards of crane operation at a construction site affect nearly every worker, including:
- The crane operator, who may be electrocuted if the boom comes into contact with live wires, or crushed if the crane becomes unbalanced and tips, or fall if a tower crane collapses
- Workers loading the crane, who may be struck by a load that shifts because of imbalance
- Workers to whom materials are being hoisted, who may be crushed between the load and stationary objects such as girders, or knocked from high places by it
- All workers below, who might be struck by the load if it becomes detached, or crushed between the load and another object
If you are injured, or a loved one injured or killed in a construction crane accident, you should seek the guidance of an experienced South Carolina construction accident attorney as soon as possible.
Put your trust in the South Carolina law firm that puts people first
McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC’s team of hard-working, no-nonsense South Carolina construction accident lawyers has an enviable record of winning construction injury cases through outstanding skill, hard work, tenacity, and a commitment to secure justice for individuals and families. If you have been injured or have suffered the loss of a loved one because of negligent crane operation on or near a construction site, let us help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
Contact McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, today. Call 803-327-7800 and schedule a free case evaluation by an experienced South Carolina construction accident attorney, or fill out our contact form from any device. We proudly serve people throughout the state from offices in Columbia, Anderson, Rock Hill, Sumter, and Georgetown.