Earlier this fall just, a crane fell on a new middle school under construction in Rhode Island. The crane operator was warming up the machine when the boom fell onto exposed steel beams.
Fortunately, no one else was in the structure and none of the construction workers were injured. In the weeks preceding this incident, the United States experienced several crane accidents that left nine construction workers dead. In response to those accident, New York City’s Buildings Department had just issued guidelines on crane safety.
According to a spokesperson from the school construction site, the 290,000 square-foot project is big enough that crews can continue working on other parts of the building while the damaged steel beams are replaced.
On the Monday following the construction accident, investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration visited the job site.
Crane Falls on Rhode Island School under Construction, InsuranceJournal.com, October 2, 2008
Another crane topples on US building site, Building.co.uk, October 2, 2008
Our Massachusetts construction accident attorneys can represent you in court if you or a loved one have sustained injuries on the job.