Construction cranes are used in Maryland and throughout the country when construction workers have to scale skyscrapers and other large buildings. While cranes can make a construction worker’s job easier, they can also be dangerous. Therefore, it is important that these machines are systematically inspected and construction workers are thoroughly trained before using them.
In many states, construction workers must be licensed in order to operate a crane. For this reason, a nonprofit industry, the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators, provides training for people who operate cranes at major construction sites, and the organization works to improve the quality of crane inspections.
In addition, construction companies must adhere to systematic, federally required inspections that look for possible mechanical or structural problems existing in their cranes. These inspections are extremely important because of the huge amount of stress the cranes bear and the fact that a malfunction can prove deadly. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration also requires a thorough crane inspection each year; however, the agency often does its own inspection following an accident or complaint.
Workers’ compensation benefits exist for employees who suffer workplace injuries, irrespective of the circumstances surrounding the accident. An experienced workers’ compensation attorney may be able to advise injured workers of their rights, and the type of benefits they can expect to receive from the claim. In the event a worker’s injuries resulted from an employer’s negligent actions, the attorney may recommend the employee pursue a legal claim against the employer.
Source: Reporter Newspapers, “Construction Cranes: Who Keeps Them Safe?” , John Ruch, March 4, 2016