Mobile crane accidents sadly have become a daily occurrence throughout the United States. Mobile cranes are the backbone of the crane and rigging industry and are a vital part of any construction projects in refineries, chemical plants, factories, new building constructions, warehouses, marine docks, railroad yards and almost any where a crane is needed on a temporary basis to lift, move or transport heavy objects.
A mobile crane is a crane device traveling over rubber-tired tire / wheels or steel tracks. Mobile cranes with rubber tires allow for easier transportation from one place to the other and capable of rotating 360 degrees, mounted on a carrier platform and having a boom with raising, lifting and lowering a capabilities. Cranes are supposed to be designed, tested, and manufactured for safe lifting and transport of heavy objects. When used properly they can provide safe reliable service to lift or move loads. Because cranes have the ability to lift heavy loads to great heights, they also have an increased potential for catastrophic accidents if safe operating practices are not followed.
Mobile cranes come in a variety of types and configurations such as the following:
- Boom Trucks
- Aerial Lift Cranes
- Heavy-Lift Mobile Cranes
- Truck Mounted Cranes
- Industrial Cranes
- Crawler-Mounted Telescopic Boom Cranes
- Rough Terrain Cranes or All Terrain Cranes
- Mobile Tower Cranes
Mobile crane operators and personnel working with cranes need to be knowledgeable of basic crane capacities, limitations, and specific job site restrictions, such as location of overhead electric power lines, unstable soil, or high wind conditions. Personnel working around mobile crane operations also need to be aware of hoisting activities or any job restrictions imposed by crane operations, and ensure job site coordination of cranes. Crane operators, crane owners, general contractors and safety inspectors therefore should become aware of these issues and, prior to starting a crane lift lifting, crane movement or transport of any object on any site. Proper crane inspection, riggings, hauling, lifting and rigging is essential to safe crane operations with respect to load capacity, site coordination on any job site. Anything short of this, is potentially life threatening.
Mobile Crane Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured as a result of a mobile crane accident, tip over, fall or collapse, then call the Willis Law Firm in Houston, Texas to discuss the legal options available to you and your family.