Cranes are one of the most dangerous pieces of machinery found on a construction site, and may cause a construction accident because of their sheer size. Cranes account for nearly one-third of all construction accidents, with 11 percent attributed to mechanical failure. Cranes may cause accidents due to instability, overturning, overloading, being in close proximity to power lines, and falling objects. If you are injured in a construction accident caused by a crane, a New Jersey workers’ compensation lawyer can help.
Liability for Crane Accidents
There are about 250,000 crane operators in the construction and maritime fields, and hundreds of workers are killed every year. Many of these could have been prevented. Companies are required to have safe working environments and employees should be taught proper safety techniques, trained properly on crane operation, and given special protective gear. However, many construction companies do not take the time and effort to train employees, which may lead to an increased number of accidents.
A construction accident may be caused by third parties. If the company failed to provide proper training, it may be held liable for any injuries or wrongful deaths; the property owner or a contractor may be held accountable in some cases as well. If the crane malfunctioned and caused a construction accident, then the manufacturer may be at fault. Sometimes, multiple parties can be held liable. Determining liability is one of the most complex parts of a construction accident claim, which is why it is important to hire a knowledgeable New Jersey workers’ compensation lawyer to help determine who is at fault.
Contacting a Lawyer
Because of liability issues, a construction accident may be a difficult one to litigate. However, an experienced attorney can uncover all the facts related to the case and inform you of applicable state laws. Many crane accidents are caused by negligence, so a New Jersey workers’ compensation lawyer can help determine your right to compensation. You may be able to receive compensation for medical bills, impairment, loss of wages, and pain and suffering. If you were disabled or a loved one died from a construction accident, you may be able to recover other types of compensation as well.
If you were involved in a construction accident, you need legal representation. Contact New Jersey workers’ compensation lawyer Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr., LLC. He has 20 years of experience protecting the rights of New Jersey residents. Contact him today at (877) 360-0183 or first read his eBook, What the Injured Worker Needs to Know.