Working in the construction industry, you know that you could be at risk of serious injury if anything goes wrong while you’re at work. If you work with heavy equipment, then you’re trained to monitor your surroundings, to check the machine for defects, and to work carefully. When you aren’t trained properly or others aren’t being careful around your equipment, that’s when accidents happen that can result in a lifetime of disability or pain.
This case out of Aventura, Florida, discusses how one construction worker fell around 15 feet while working with a crane at a local construction site. The report from July 26 states that the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue was called to the scene to provide treatment to the wounded worker.
According to the news, the accident took place at around 9 a.m. when the worker fell from the crane lift. The spokeswoman for Miami-Dade Fire Rescue stated that the man was in stable condition and expected to recover; his transport was reportedly precautionary after such a long fall.
Crane safety is a concern for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, but it wasn’t reported if OSHA would be coming to investigate. On OSHA’s website, the organization discusses how cranes often work with heavy loads and that they must be balanced properly to avoid falls or collapses. The lifting devices are generally helpful to workers, but if the load is too high or if a hoist on the crane fails, then an accident can happen. It’s not clear what caused the worker to fall in this instance.
Source: Miami Herald, “Man injured in Aventura crane accident,” Carli Teproff, July 26, 2015