Crane Accident Kills Two Workers

On the afternoon of May 4, 2013, a crane collapsed killing two workers in Stark County, Ohio. The accident occurred at the Timken Company’s Faircrest Steel Plant around 12:45 PM. The workers were employees of Beaver Excavating and were rigging a load of wood onto a crane. Something within the crane snapped and the two workers were killed instantly.  The ages of the victims have not yet been released.

The plant is undergoing a multi-million dollar expansion so Beaver excavating is on site helping the project. Several cranes must be used during the project. Out of respect for those involved, the plant has halted all operations until Monday 8 AM.

Prevalence of Deadly Crane Accidents

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, there are approximately 125,000 cranes operating today in the construction industry. This number does not include the cranes used in general and maritime industries. Unfortunately, these cranes can lead to severe accidents and injuries when not maintained properly. According to OSHA, the major causes of all accidents involving cranes include:
  •         Contact with power lines
  •          Overturns
  •          Falls
  •          Mechanical failures

These accidents are so prevalent that crane accidents accounted for 8 percent of all fatal construction events from 1991 to 2002.

Reducing Crane Accidents

For construction workers, read the following tips in order to prevent crane accidents from happening:
·         Assess all construction sites in case a crane incident does occur. Be sure that the site is adequately prepared for lifting operations and any hazards that can result from a crane falling

·         Establish a crane safety plan for every lift. Be sure that the crane is strong enough to carry the weight. Every crane should also be inspected and maintained by the manufacturers’ specifications
·         Train all employers in safe crane operations. Everyone should receive the necessary training in order to operate cranes in a safe manner.

Workers’ Compensation Attorney

For those who have been injured on the job due to a crane accident, you should contact a workers’ compensation attorney to ensure your rightful compensation. A workers’ compensation attorney will work to maximize your compensation potential and benefits. Contact us today in order to protect your workers’ rights.