Atlanta has been gaining popularity with the movie and music industries over recent years and with that increased popularity comes a need for more studios to produce these types of entertainment. This increased need for studios means more opportunities for Atlanta area construction workers, which is great for the economy, but also has a few thorns as well. Hand in hand with construction work is the potential for workplace accidents, as the construction field is one of the most dangerous types of work. According to a report published by the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the construction industry has some of the highest instances of workplace accidents and injuries, with those percentages reaching new highs in recent years. There are many ways in which a construction worker can suffer a workplace injury, and some of the most common include:
- Overexertion from extreme temperatures;
- Falls from ladders and scaffolding, slip and falls, and being struck by falling objects;
- Ground collapses and becoming trapped;
- Electrocutions, burns and explosions;
- Being hit by a vehicle; and
- Accidents involving heavy machinery such as construction vehicles, cranes and tools.
Crane Accident at the Studios
One worksite accident involving a crane occurred during construction at the Pinewood Atlanta Studios last year. A crane carrying a truss started to collapse and in the process of doing so the truss hit the building. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured as a result of this crane accident, though according to the report, one employee was taken for evaluation. It could undoubtedly have been far worse.
Crane Safety and Accident Prevention
In recent years, the United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has recognized the importance of crane safety. In a recent study OSHA noted that, with respect to crane incidents, the most common hazards leading to serious injuries and fatalities are crane tip-overs, being struck by a crane, electrocutions, being caught in between a crane and other equipment or objects, and falls from the equipment. It was further noted that most of these types of injuries and fatalities are preventable with adequate training and proper attention to safety controls. OSHA launched a program in which their goal was to highlight the safety concerns and help employers and employees take steps to reduce the incidents related to crane operations. Significant and serious injuries may occur if cranes are not inspected before use and if they are not used properly. In its Pocket Guide, a part of the Worker Safety Series, OSHA provides this list of preventive measures to lessen the chances of crane accidents:
- Check all crane controls to make sure they work properly before using them;
- Inspect the wire rope, chains and hook for damage;
- Know the weight of the crane’s expected load and be sure the load does not exceed the crane’s capacity;
- Verify the balance of the load and whether the brake system is effective;
- Check the crane’s rigging before using it and do not wrap anything around the load;
- Extend the outriggers completely;
- Never perform crane work overhead of other workers;
- Be sure to block off any areas that are within the work area of the crane; and
- Check for overhead wires and keep a safe distance of at least ten feet from live wires.
Contact the Bader Law Firm, LLC, For Your Workers’ Compensation Needs
If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of a construction site accident, or any other type of workplace accident, contact the Bader Law Firm, LLC, for help with your workers’ compensation claim. You are entitled to a range of benefits that may include compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering if you have been injured on the job. Contact us today online or call us to set up a free consultation. Our attorneys will work hard to help you get the relief you deserve.