Crane Collapses Can Be Deadly For Atlanta Construction Workers
In October, six construction workers in Atlanta had a scare1 when a crane collapsed and broke in half. Though the workers were fortunately not injured, they were stranded on the 5th level of a parking garage that was not finished. Being stranded in such a way on an unfinished structure could have had devastating consequences and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is investigating what exactly caused the accident. The company has reportedly had several OSHA violations in the past.
Another crane collapse2 did not have such fortunate results in September. A crane was being used to make improvements on the Grand Mosque in Mecca just days before 2 million people were going to arrive for the annual pilgrimage. The crane collapsed onto the roof of the mosque, crashing through and causing devastation to those inside at the time. 107 people died in the crane accident and at least 238 more sustained injuries.
These two instances are only some examples of how frightening and catastrophic crane collapses can be. Many cranes carry large and heavy materials and, if they collapse, the materials can fall and crush any individuals beneath them, as well as pieces of the crane itself. In addition, cranes may leave workers trapped in high locations from which they may fall and sustain serious injuries. All cranes should be properly inspected and maintained and should be operated by qualified individuals. If a construction company is negligent and a crane collapses, the company should be held liable for any injuries or fatalities that result.
Discuss your case with an experienced Atlanta construction accident attorney today
If you have been injured in a crane accident or any other type of construction accident, it is highly important that you contact an experienced construction accident lawyer in Georgia as soon as possible. These cases often involve extensive investigation into the reasons for the crane collapse or equipment failure. An attorney plays a crucial role in you case, explaining what type of representation you need and the benefits you may be able to obtain.