A man working for Norfolk Southern Rail in Jersey City was fatally injured in an industrial accident recently. Preliminary reports indicate that the wire component of a crane lift snapped while the crane was lifting a heavy freight container. The employee was crushed by the freight and lost his life on the scene. Bridgeton Workers' Compensation lawyers report that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been notified of the incident.
Construction and industrial workers perform a dangerous but necessary job. According to a study conducted by the National Institute of Health (NIH), they are nearly three times more likely to suffer from a non-fatal injury than people in other lines of work. And even though construction workers only comprise of eight percent of the American workforce, they account for 22 percent of work-related fatalities each year. OSHA has found that crane accidents are the leading case of work-related fatalities among construction workers. Most crane-related accidents are caused by human error instead of mechanical failure or some other unavoidable problem. At least 80 people lose their lives every year in crane-related accidents, according to the U.S. Labor Department.
OSHA Reminders Around Cranes
OSHA has recently released guidelines that it hopes will prevent crane accidents. OSHA reminds all employees working around cranes to:
- Check for mechanical problems prior to operating a crane
- Ensure that cranes undergo regular testing and inspections
- Remember that repairs and maintenance should be performed by highly qualified specialists
- Place cranes on stable, level surfaces only
- Place cranes at least 10 feet from electrical cables
- Ensure that cranes are not carrying loads in excess of appropriate standards (the load should be no more than 75 percent of the tipping weight)
- Keep people who should not be around cranes out of the area by installing fencing
- Utilize a "signal" person to assist the operator in maneuvering loads
- Wear fall protection equipment if you are higher than six feet
- Consider the wind and other weather related factors
Bridgeton Workers' Compensation Lawyers at Rone & Kowalski, LLC Help Victims of Crane Accidents Recover Maximum Compensation
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