On US construction sites, crane accidents are one of the most common causes of injuries and deaths. This is why the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has set strict rules for crane regulation. OSHA requires training for crane operators and mechanics, and has established rules of safety that construction workers must abide by at all times. Some of these crane safety rules include:
- Standard preparations for a load chart, in order to know how much weight a crane can handle;
- Hoist tests for stability and functionality;
- Establishing barriers to prevent anyone from entering within the swing radius; and
- Ensuring the proper set-up, stability, and maintenance of the outriggers.
- Regulations also state that a crane operator must be at least 18 years of age.
The failure to abide by these safety regulations can result in a fatal crane accident. It may lead to hazards such as rigging failures, overturned cranes, dropped loads, or overall collapses. Operators must also always be careful of high-voltage power lines. To see a full list of OSHA safety regulations regarding crane operation and maintenance, you can view the section on cranes and derricks at the US Department of Labor website.If you have recently been injured in a crane accident, you may want to know what your legal options are. To learn more you can read our article Crane Accidents and Injuries. Hiring a Chicago Construction Accident LawyerAfter serious construction site injuries like those typical of a crane accident, you shouldn’t have to worry about court documents and filing paperwork. While you adjust to life after your injury, you can take comfort in knowing you don’t have to handle an Illinois personal injury lawsuit alone.When you have the help of a trusted Chicago construction accident lawyer from the Law Offices of Barry G. Doyle, P.C. you’ll get expert legal advice and guidance concerning your long term needs. Contact us today for a free case evaluation – 312-263-1080