COVID-19 Notice: Block O'Toole & Murphy is fully operational in accordance with safety regulations provided by the CDC and local health officials.
Our attorneys continue to provide quality legal representation and are available to discuss your case over the phone, email, or video. Read more from our managing partners.
Block O'Toole & Murphy Block
O'Toole
& Murphy
Premier NY Personal Injury Lawyers

Necessary Training and Safety Precautions for Crane Operation

Crane accidents rarely end well. Usually they end with catastrophic consequences including death, serious injury and significant property damage. As a result, construction cranes in New York have been a source of safety concerns and intense scrutiny, particularly in recent years. Most recently, strong wind gusts from Hurricane Sandy caused a crane to collapse in Midtown Manhattan in October 2012. In 2008 two giant rigs collapsed within two months of each other in Manhattan, killing a total of nine people. Another crane fell and killed a worker in April 2010 at a construction site for a new subway line. These accidents led to new safety measures issued by OSHA in 2010 requiring more safety inspectors and expanding training requirements and inspection checklists. Specifically, beginning in 2014, all construction-crane operators must be certified by an OSHA credited crane operator testing facility. (For a complete overview of the 2010 Crane safety rules go to http://www.osha.gov/FedReg_osha_pdf/FED20100809.pdf)

Below are some safety tips recommended by OSHA related to crane operations:

  • Cranes are to be operated only by qualified and trained personnel.
  • A designated competent person must inspect the crane and all crane controls before use.
  • Be sure the crane is on a firm/stable surface and level.
  • During assembly/disassembly do not unlock or remove pins unless sections are blocked and secure (stable).
  • Fully extend outriggers and barricade accessible areas inside the crane's swing radius.
  • Watch for overhead electric power lines and maintain at least a 10-foot safe working clearance from the lines.
  • Inspect all rigging prior to use; do not wrap hoist lines around the load.
  • Be sure to use the correct load chart for the crane's current configuration and setup, the load weight and lift path.
  • Do not exceed the load chart capacity while making lifts.
  • Raise load a few inches, hold, verify capacity/balance, and test brake system before delivering load.
  • Do not move loads over workers.
  • Be sure to follow signals and manufacturer instructions while operating cranes.

We must continue to stress the importance of safety and accountability. The focus must remain on maintaining a safe workplace so that workers can do their job and go home to their families. We also must be vigilant about holding those that fail to adhere to safety laws accountable. Lives are at stake here.

Block O'Toole & Murphy, LLP is a law firm that specializes in protecting the rights of injured construction workers involved in crane accidents. The firm routinely recovers significant verdicts and settlements on behalf of injured workers.

If you or a loved one was involved in a crane accident or a was injured at a construction site, please contact one of our experienced trial attorneys at 212-736-5300. In addition, we encourage you to review our firm website at www.blockotoole.com.

Speak with a Qualified New York Injury Lawyer Today

Fill out our short online contact form for a FREE, immediate case review, or call us locally at 212-736-5300 today. The lawyers in our firm work on a contingency basis, so we do not collect any money unless we win your case.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Firm Awards and Honors

These are some of the publications and organizations that have recognized our firm and individual attorneys for excellence.

Learn More
Block O'Toole & Murphy - Listed in Best Lawyers - Linking Lawyers and Clients Worldwide Best Lawyers - Best Law Firms - U.S. News The National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Trial Lawyers Super Lawyers Million Dollar Advocates Forum Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum Irish Legal 100 Martindale-Hubbell - Peer Rated For Ethical Standards and Legal Ability New York Magazine - Top Verdicts & Settlements New York Law Journal www.naacp.org - NAACP Frances Pope Memorial Foundation - Love. Support. Hope. St. John's University - School of Law St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Expertise - Best Workers Compensation Attorneys New York City 2020
Call Block O'Toole & Murphy Today For Help - 212-736-5300
CLOSE MENU  X

What can we help you find?