Crane Accident Construction Attorneys
Pittsburgh Construction Accident Lawyers
Ever since construction workers have been using modern cranes to lift, lower and move heavy materials at construction sites, accidents involving cranes have been making the front pages of newspapers around the world. These large machines can be very dangerous. Today, there are no less than a dozen different types of fixed and mobile cranes, such as the Sidelifter, floating crane, tower crane and the Gantry crane, and each one is highly specialized for certain tasks. Sometimes, crane operators who are familiar with one type of crane attempt to operate another type of crane, resulting in catastrophic accidents.
In one case, an inexperienced crane operator failed to understand the length of his crawler crane’s boom (i.e., arm), and as he was off-loading a 20-ton steel slab the load shifted, causing the boom to twist and collapse. The accident killed two construction workers standing 30 feet away.
Crane operators should know their crane’s “rated loads” (magnitude of load permitted to be lifted), and generally these rated loads are about 75% of the crane’s “tipping load” (the weight that, if lifted, will cause the crane to tip over). Factors like soft soils, high winds or an over-stressed pedestal base can cause a crane to tip or fail unexpectedly.
Construction Accident Attorneys in Pittsburgh, PA
In the United States in 2007, OSHA only inspected about 23,000 of the country’s four million construction sites, leaving a potentially staggering number of unchecked cranes.
Contact the Skilled Construction Accident Lawyers Pittsburgh, PA at Berger & Lagnese, LLC for a Free Consultation
If you or someone you love has been injured in a crane accident at a construction site, contact the construction accident attorneys of Pennsylvania at Berger & Lagnese, LLC. Our attorneys specialize in accident cases and work on cases throughout Pennsylvania, including Pittsburgh, Greensburg, Uniontown, Beaver, Erie, Altoona, and Washington, PA. We will perform a free investigation, get the top experts, interview witnesses, and obtain full compensation for you under the law. There are laws in place that protect you in these situations. Our office is located at 310 Grant St #720, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 and consultations can be scheduled either online or by calling (412) 471-4300.