Houston, TX Personal Injury Attorney Daniel D. Horowitz, III talks about various crane operating accident cases he’s been a part of.
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I’ve had a couple of crane accidents that really stand out. I’ve handled multiple but there were two in particular that stand out. One happened over Beaumont where a young man got his hand crushed and lost the use of his hand. And another happened here in Freeport at one of the chemical plants. The interesting part about crane accident cases is the crane operators are probably have more control on a job site than anyone else out there because it’s such a specialized field and the dangers associated with it crane operators are always going to be the ones in control of every lift. So they’re the ones that have the responsibility of making sure that you have the proper rigging, the proper signal callers.
And a lot of today’s cranes now have safety mechanisms built into them where if a load gets in what they call if the load gets in a bind where it’s putting too much tension on the actual cable most cranes have a safety override inside the crane. But what we found is a lot of crane operators turn that off because they think that they know better than the equipment and they want to get the job done and that becomes a problem. You know crane operators and crane operating cases take expert witnesses that you specific experts to hire that know all the rules and regulations. But usually bad things, again, happen because when a crane’s involved they’re usually lifting real heavy, heavy, heavy loads.