Boston Construction Crane and Lift Accident Lawyers
A recent study reveals that improved construction project planning could avoid 60 percent of construction site accidents. In one of the most dangerous jobs in America today, crane accidents, falling equipment and debris, ladder, roof or scaffolding falls, construction vehicle mishaps, and other events injure or kill hundreds of workers every year.
The law firm of Kenney & Conley serves the personal injury needs of the Greater Boston area and provides experienced legal advice and representation to clients throughout eastern Massachusetts.
Experience with Construction Crane and Lift Accidents
Both cranes and mechanical lifts are widely used on construction sites. Typically, cranes and fork lifts (also called powered industrial trucks) are used to elevate materials while lifts are used to elevate and provide safe work platforms. Lifts include aerial work platforms, scissors lifts, articulated booms, telescopic booms, mast style booms, vertical personnel lifts, stock picking equipment, man lifts, and fork lifts. They may be trailer mounted, portable or towable.
Beyond the construction industry, aerial boom lifts (so-called cherry pickers) are widely used by telephone and utility workers as well as by arborists (tree workers), and personnel lifts, fork lifts and stock picking equipment are common in warehouse operations.
- Construction crane or lift collapses - hydraulic mechanism failures;
- Boom or crane failures caused by metal fatigue;
- Failure to provide adequate lifts - lax planning inspection or safety notification;
- Crane and lift - design and maintenance issues;
- Injury or death caused by inadequate fall protection for elevated workers;
- Injuries caused by falling material - inadequately secured;
- Accidents caused by failure to plan and protect construction workers and others in the zone of danger around a crane or lift;
- Electrocutions - crane or lift booms hitting power lines or generators;
- Operator errors - poor training, supervision and distractions.
Work site injury and wrongful death cases due to crane, lift, and other heavy equipment accidents require working closely with medical specialists and other forensic experts to provide solid documentation and persuasive evidence for a successful damage claim. Helping ensure our clients recover compensation in a crane accident also involves complex issues of liability involving assistance of workplace safety or construction safety experts, engineers, metallurgists, product design and maintenance experts, as well as expert witnesses specializing in user instructions and warnings.
Determining Liability in a Lift or Crane Accident
Because crane operators and other workers are not always responsible for the accident, our experienced construction accident attorneys thoroughly investigate each case to ensure any and all potential sources of compensation are identified. Site designers, project managers and general contractors are responsible for placement of equipment or personnel, work sequences, maintenance, and compliance with OSHA issues involving injury prevention. In addition, investigation may reveal defects in the design or manufacture of the crane or lift, giving rise to a product liability lawsuit against the equipment manufacturer.
We maintain membership in the National Safety Council to be sure we are aware of the latest news and information affecting worker safety.
Our comprehensive approach to personal injury litigation at Massachusetts construction and other jobsites can make a crucial difference in the outcome of your case. For a free consultation about your crane or lift accident claim, contact the Norfolk County personal injury attorneys at Kenney & Conley online now, or by phone at 1-866-433-9758.