We see them everywhere, and we take their safety for granted. We drive under them on the highway, walk near them at shopping centers and in store parking lots. We take one look at their strong steel frames and just assume that nothing will go wrong. But despite how stable construction cranes appear, accidents do happen, and unfortunately they have been happening very often over the last few months.
These accidents are happening all over the country, and in a variety of locations. Recent examples include:
- An April 24th, 2015 accident in midtown Manhattan that left one person dead
- An April 21st, 2015 accident outside Detroit where two people were electrocuted after the crane arm struck electrical lines
- An accident on April 3rd, 2015 where a crane collapsed onto the Dallas Museum of Art
- An April 1st, 2015 incident where a crane crashed into the middle of a busy freeway, tying up traffic for hours
Despite our assumption that equipment like cranes are safe, these recent accidents prove that there is always danger in being around heavy equipment. Unfortunately, we don’t have much of a choice when the roads we drive on are being worked on, or when construction is being done near where we work or live.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident, please contact an attorney. The recent rash of incidents shows there are still strides to be made when it comes to crane safety, and a qualified lawyer can help you put pressure on the manufacturers to put safety first.