With the constant growth of our communities and cities making construction more necessary, the use of cranes has become more common over the last ten years especially. Construction workers are sent hundreds of feet into the air to operate on heavy machinery and execute tasks that require precision and focus. Unfortunately, these tasks can turn to nightmares in an instant if something goes wrong and with so much space between the individual and the ground, injuries happen more often than they should.
Crane accidents are a result of a few possible scenarios, such as:
Injuries incurred from such instances can be devastating if not fatal leaving the victims and their families significantly impacted for the remainder of their lives. Brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and even death are only a few of the injuries that can result from a crane related accident. The fall is far and the impact is hard making crane accidents some of the most dangerous construction accidents possible.
As of last year, Florida state legislature succeeded in reforming the construction regulations on cranes to ensure safer use of the equipment on construction sites. The amendment allows for preemption by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations over any differing city or county rules on the subject. The OSHA regulations, which were updated as of 2012, limit operation and use of cranes to only specially trained personnel.
Furthermore, it includes a whole series of rules concerning the proper use of the crane by the trained personnel and prohibits any actions that may put the operator or those around him/her in danger. The decision to preempt other laws allows for Florida state government to access cases of crane accidents under the same standards, regardless of the city or county regulations under which the accident occurred.
Being involved in a crane accident can be frightening and traumatic at the least. Questions of medical bills, loss of income and disability all arise as a result. The impact is even greater for the families who have lost their loved ones to a crane related accident. While money would not take away the emotional pain of being involved in such a tragedy, compensation can lighten the financial burden that is an inevitable reality of any accident. Hiring a qualified personal injury attorney can assist you in ensuring you are given the reparations you deserve to cope with your injuries and losses.
Are you looking for a lawyer for your construction accident case in Coral Gables? At Mesa Law Firm, we pride ourselves in the commitment to putting the needs of our clients first. Innocent injured victims go without receiving what they are rightly owed too often. We have made it our goal to help as many of these victims, including crane accident victims, as we can.
Our attorney, Joseph A. "Tony" Mesa, focuses his time and energy on protecting the interests of those who have been victimized by serious injuries. He understands the risks that come with construction work and crane operation as well as the regulations put in place to ensure the safety of such environments. Tony has 15 years of litigation experience and has been recognized for his skills by Super Lawyers®, Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite™ and Martindale-Hubbell, as well as being rated as "Superb" (10 out of 10) by Avvo®. His approach is tenacious and hands on as he works hard to get you the compensation his clients deserve for their injuries from a crane accident.
If you or someone you know suffered injuries from a crane accident, contact the Mesa Law Firm to learn how we want to be your partner as you seek reparations.