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Prevention of crane accidents

Cranes that are used in construction projects pose a wide variety of risks and potential injuries. While there are regulations and standards in place to help prevent accidents, workers in Connecticut still need to be aware of the dangers and know what is required for a safe working environment.

According to OSHA, there are a number of situations in which a crane can become unstable. These include when an excessive load causes a crane to collapse and when lifting a load causes an imbalance of the crane.

According to the Center for Construction Research and Training, mobile cranes cause the majority of deaths, and collapse, electrocution and getting hit by crane loads or parts are the main causes of death. There are a number of theories as to why these accidents occur, and they include:

  • Improper crane inspections
  • Deficiency in supervisor and worker training
  • Improper reporting and investigating
  • Lack of safety plans on the jobsite

In order to prevent and reduce future injuries and death, a number of recommendations have been made. They include certifying crane operators as well as crane inspectors, signal persons and riggers. While there are current inspections being mandated, further inspections are recommended, especially after cranes have been modified or assembled. Only workers who have been properly trained should be able to put together or modify cranes, and the person who is supervising must also be properly trained.

If loads need to pass over streets, the path must be blocked off from traffic and pedestrians. Better, and more thorough, reporting and investigation are also recommended in order to improve the safety of cranes and the areas around them. 

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