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4 common reasons crane injuries occur

Construction cranes have revolutionized the way contractors build buildings, bridges, roadways and other important structures. When choosing your profession, you decided to become a crane operator. After all, employers typically pay a premium for experienced crane operators. As you probably know, however, working on construction cranes can be dangerous.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that during a recent five-year period, an average of 44 people per year died in crane accidents. While these fatalities include both crane operators and other workers, as a crane operator, you must work to prevent crane injuries. Here are four common reasons crane injuries occur.

1. Using the wrong piece of equipment

Cranes come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Naturally, not all cranes are right for every type of job. If your supervisor asks you to use the wrong crane for a project, you could injure yourself or others.

2. Overloading the crane

As you know, you must carefully consider the load your crane carries. If you try to move more weight than the crane’s rating allows, you risk toppling the machine. Moreover, moving unbalanced loads is often equally dangerous.

3. Forgetting protective gear

Most crane injuries occur when items dislodge and fall onto workers below. While hardhats and other gear cannot prevent injury altogether, personal protective equipment is usually your first line of defense against a worksite injury.

4. Tangling with overhead wires

When operating a crane, you must be careful not to interfere with overhead power lines and other wires. Because cranes do not usually ground electrical currents effectively, you could sustain serious injury from electrical shock.

Even if you are careful, you may not be able to avoid injury. Fortunately, your employer likely has workers’ compensation insurance to help you recover. Successfully navigating the worker’s compensation system can be challenging, but filing a claim may be your best option for treating your job-related injury, recouping lost wages and paying medical expenses.

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