Employer fined after workers injured in crane accidents

In our last post we discussed the seriousness of construction accidents and the fines levied against a construction company after it exposed many of its workers to scaffolding injuries. Another company was recently cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration after two workers were struck by cranes at a steel service center. The accidents occurred one day apart and it is unclear how serious the injuries suffered by the workers were.

An OSHA area director said that the employer had a responsibility to ensure that its workers were protected from injuries resulting from cranes. “Employers must be aware of the hazards that exist at their facilities and take appropriate measures to protect workers’ health and safety,” the director added.

The employer faces $157,200 in proposed fines for health and safety violations. Three willful safety violations included operating cranes with hooks stuck in position approximately six feet from the ground. These struck the workers that were injured. The employer also failed to implement an adequate preventative maintenance program for its cranes.

There are several steps that an employee injured in a crane accident should take. The first step is seeking the appropriate medical care and then consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney. Although workers’ compensation typically prevents employees from suing an employer for an injury, an employer may be liable for other damages which can be won in a negligence lawsuit. A negligence lawsuit Beverly Hills can often be filed even as the employee collects workers’ compensation benefits.

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