Why Does Texas Have More Deadly Crane Accidents Than Any Other State?

by Sep 28, 2020Personal Injury

Tommy Fibich, a Houston Personal Injury lawyer

Fatal Crane Accidents in Texas Are a Growing Problem

Crane accidents aren’t just damaging, they’re often deadly. Falling from a crane can be an enormous drop, which may lead to catastrophic injuries or death. 

If a construction worker is dropped, thrown, or if they are struck by the crane from below, they could sustain brain injuries, broken bones, spinal injuries, or worse.

Crane Accident Statistics

The following statistics demonstrate how Texas  is the deadliest state for construction crane incidents:

  • More than 50 workers have died in crane accidents in Texas over the last 9 years. 
  • According to federal labor statistics, Texas has nearly 4x as many crane incident deaths than any other state in the U.S. 
  • According to OSHA, a 2017 inspection on 77 cranes in Texas found a grand total of 65 violations
  • Nearly 3 out of 4 OSHA violations were serious, willful, or repeat offenses.

Because of the spike in crane-related incidents, OSHA began increasing the number of safety inspections for construction sites throughout the state of Texas.

Although an increase in safety assessments may help to decrease future incidents, this effort to reduce fatal injuries comes too late for those who have already lost loved ones and family members to these unnecessary accidents.

Crane Accident Examples

In April of 2019, a serious crane accident left 4 people dead and 4 more injured. The incident, which was caught on video, occurred when the crane suddenly dropped from a significant height, breaking apart on a building below.

In 2018 a crane fell in a busy neighborhood in University Park during a school construction project, and three fatal crane accidents offered in 2017 in Texas alone. Although many of these accidents have harmed construction workers, bystanders and pedestrians are at risk as well.

To learn more about recent crane accidents in Texas, visit CBS news at dfw.cbslocal.com.

What Causes Crane Accidents?

As with any big machine, the operation of a crane takes skill and practice, and the machine itself requires upkeep and maintenance in order to ensure it operates properly. 

Unfortunately, if the crane owner or manufacturer fails to keep the crane in safe, working order, it could be extremely hazardous and result in catastrophic injury. Any construction crew manager should know the protocol for proper crane use whenever their work involves cranes, as it so often does.

If the manager is poorly trained or lacks experience, they might employ similarly ill-qualified workers to operate the crane or work inside it from great heights.

For many years, crane operators in Texas did not need a special license, but as of December 2019, the federal government started requiring all crane operators to be certified.

Trusted Legal Advocates for Victims Injured in Crane Accidents

If you were harmed in a crane accident, make sure you know your legal rights. If you were injured or lost a loved one because of a negligent crane operator, a careless construction site manager, a machine malfunction, or any other type of error, you may be eligible to seek compensation for your damages.

Contact Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs to discuss your crane case with our Houston attorneys.