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The Fox Law Firm is Reviewing Potential CRANE Claims

  • Death
  • Serious Injury

Have you been severely injured in an accident involving a crane?  

Have your loved ones been severely injured – or even died – in an accident involving a crane?  

If so, you should contact us immediately to protect your legal rights.  

You may have a claim for legal compensation.  

Contact The Fox Law Firm for superior legal representation.  

A crane is a lifting machine equipped with a winder, wire ropes or chains and sheaves that can be used both to lift and lower materials and to move them horizontally.  

It uses one or more simple machines to create mechanical advantage and thus move loads beyond the normal capability of a human.  

Cranes are commonly employed in the transport industry for the loading and unloading of freight; in the construction industry for the movement of materials; and in the manufacturing industry for the assembling of heavy equipment. 

Data released into the public domain by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) on July 30, 2008, reveals that in 2006, there were 72 crane-related, occupational fatal injuries in the United States – which was slightly down on the yearly average of 78 for the period from 2003 to 2005.  

Throughout 2006, there were no multiple fatality accidents involving cranes in the U.S.; however, in 2005 there were 6 such deaths, and in 2004 the figure was 4. 

In the same year, no less than 30 crane-related deaths resulted from individuals being struck by objects falling from cranes – and, in the case of 9 individuals, being struck by the crane itself.  

Of the particular types of crane that were identified in these specific cases, mobile, truck, rail-mounted, and overhead- cranes were involved in the majority of fatalities. 

During that same time frame, the number of fatal injuries suffered by other workers in crane-related situations was 10 for construction laborers; 8 for electricians, and for welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers, the combined figure was 6.

Crane and tower operators accounted for 3 fatalities.  

From 2003 to 2006, the largest number of fatal occupational injuries involving cranes occurred in the state of Texas, where 42 deaths were recorded.

This was followed by Florida (27), California (25), and Louisiana (17).  

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