As longtime Boston residents may recall, a crane accident injured a construction worker 1999 during the Big Dig. More recently, fatal crane accidents in New York City, Texas, and Oklahoma have brought crane safety back into the public interest.
In response to the deaths of these construction workers following crane accidents and growing public concern over crane safety, the New York Times recently published an editorial calling for the current administration to take action and approve new standards for crane safety. The last time the federal safety rules had a significant update was in 1971.
According to the editorial, OSHA estimates that crane accidents take the lives of approximately 80 workers per year. The article also points out that concerned construction workers in Las Vegas have actually walked off the job to protest the lack of crane safety regulations.
Long Overdue Crane Safety, New York Times, August 2, 2008
If you were injured in a crane accident, then our Massachusetts crane accident lawyers can help. We represent construction workers and others who have been seriously injured in cases throughout Massachusetts and the greater Boston area. Contact us for a free consultation.