With Crane Related Injuries on the Rise Don't Become Another Statistic

Friday, November 18, 2011
 

With Crane Related Injuries on the Rise Don’t Become Another Statistic

Crane accidents are often the direct result of negligence of the crane-related professional or the lack of adequate operator training or experience.

  • 90% of crane accidents occur due to human error
  • 80% of all crane upsets are attributed to operators exceeding the crane’s operational capacity
  • 54% of these incidents are the result of swinging the boom or making a lift without the outriggers full extended
  • 45% of all mobile crane accidents involve electrocution that results from the crane contacting a power source during operation
  • 40% the victims were struck by an object (such as an uncontrolled hoisted load or crane part)
  • 50% of U.S. crane accidents that had injuries in 2009 resulted in fatalities
  • 80 lift and material handling equipment workers are killed each year, on average

Not only are workers seriously injured or killed, but bystanders and passersby are also being injured and killed at an alarming rate by crane accidents. Incident and fatalities happen with all types of cranes, including mobile and overhead cranes.

Did you know that when an accident happens, everyone can be held liable, including, but not limited to, the operator/rigger, the company, and the property owners?

The lack of training costs more than tuition. With looming dangers and inevitable fines from lack of well-trained operators, riggers and signal persons, it makes sense for businesses to invest in education.

The hidden costs of lack of training:

  • Missed Work Days
  • Increased Insurance Rates
  • OSHA Fines
  • Litigation
  • Lost Business Opportunities

 

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Crane-Related occupational Fatalities, Fact Sheet 2009 Take Special Care when Using Crane, ENVIRONMENT, SAFETY & HEALTH SAFETY BULLETIN. U.S. Department of Energy, November 1993, Maritime Crane Accidents Brings Calls for Better Training & Maintenance Program, C. Daniel Negron, Inland Port Magazine, September/October 2010; Industrial Accident in Long Beach Proves Fatal for Work, September 25, 2010, Fatal occupational injuries by occupation and eventer exposure, All U.S. , 2010, Preliminary Annual Data from CFOI, U.S. Depart. Of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, August 25, 2011; NIOSH Publication Number 2006-14

Camille Singletary 11/18/2011

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