A Guide To Protecting Your Rights When You Sustained An Injury At Work From A Crane

Posted on: 2 May 2017


If you have recently been injured by a crane at work, it is important to note that even if the unit was in good condition and functioning as it should at the time of the event, there is still an excellent chance that your employer will be held responsible for your injuries. That is because most of the time if the crane was functioning as it should and is in compliance with all of the current requirements for its use, your injuries occurred because the person operating the crane made one or more mistakes while operating the unit. Since the company is responsible for the worker and his or her actions in that context, you are likely to find that the company will be required to pay for your treatment, lost time from work, etc. Therefore, when you've been injured by a crane at work, the following information will be quite useful. 

Reasonable Care

It is important to note that one of the more common reasons for injuries from a crane relates to a rather broad description often referred to as a lack of reasonable care during operation. Specifically, that can include anything from worker carelessness, inadequate training, improperly loading the crane, etc. Warning signs about the crane should be posted in easily visible areas and the persons operating the cranes must have adequate training in how to do so safely. If adequate safety precautions were not taken or were insufficient for the task, your injuries could be the fault of the company.    

Advocating For Your Rights 

Unfortunately, you might find that the appearance of a problem of that type might be denied, covered-up or ignored from your employer until someone forces them to do the right thing. In that instance, it is crucial to speak with a personal injury attorney with extensive experience with crane-related or work-related injuries as soon as possible to protect your rights and minimize your out-of-pocket expenses, including lost wages. 

Delaying Treatment Or Diagnosis

One of the more common and unfortunate problems associated with work-related injuries is seen because an injury seems minor at first and is therefore not reported or is not evaluated by a doctor in a timely manner. As a result, whether you were knocked down by a crane, hit by the unit or even had the contents it was transporting released onto you, you should always report your injury as soon as you can. In addition, be sure that you get a copy of that paperwork and if you are even a bit uncomfortable or bruised after your run-in with the crane, seek medical care right away.     

In conclusion, the size and intended use of cranes will often result in significant injury when it malfunctions or as errors occur with the operation of the unit. As a result, if you have any kind of crane injuries at work, you need to know the information shared above.