In February 2020, a truck driver was killed in a crane accident at Bayport Terminal in Port Houston. The driver was inside the cab of the truck when the crane tried to lift a container off the truck. The container was still attached to the cab. Cranes are considered one of the most dangerous pieces of equipment used in the construction industry, but construction workers are certainly not the only people who are hurt in crane accidents. In 2018, a crane fell on an SUV on Interstate 10, and in 2011 a crane fell on a retirement center here in Shreveport. If you have been injured in a crane accident, as a worker or bystander, talk to an experienced Shreveport injury attorney today.
Common Crane Accidents and Injuries
Cranes are necessary in construction, factories and other industries. They are used to lift and move heavy materials for purposes such as building bridges and high rises, setting mobile homes, and loading and unloading cargo. Cranes are very powerful and can be unwieldy. Crane accident injuries are usually very serious or fatal. Examples of common crane accidents and injuries include:
- Boom or crane contact with energizes power lines, causing electrocution in the crane and/or on the ground
- Crushing by counterweight
- Dropped load
- Falling objects
- Boom collapse
- Outrigger failure
- Overturned crane
- Crushing injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brain injury
Getting Help for Crane Injuries
If you are an employee who was hurt on-the-job in a crane accident, Workers’ Compensation can pay for your medical care and replace a portion of your lost income. Injured workers may also have a third-party claim. Workers’ Compensation death benefits may also be available to families of those killed in crane accidents.
Workers who are not employees and injured bystanders will need to seek compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a crane accident, you need full and fair compensation. Please, call the Law Offices of J. Ransdell Keene at 800-597-9247 or contact us online today and schedule your free consultation.