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Crane accidents result in many serious and fatal injuries each year. According to data kept by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) , crane accidents claim 50 lives in the United States each year. Approximately 500 construction workers died in crane accidents between 1984 and 1994, according to a study of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
The crane coming into contact with a power line is the most common cause of fatal accidents- roughly 40% of all fatalities are attributable to electrocution. The other major causes of crane accidents include assembly and dismantling the crane (about 12 percent), boom buckling (8 percent), rigging failure (7 percent) and upset and crane overturning (7 percent).
Related Accidents and Injuries.
There are approximately 125,000 cranes in operation today in the construction industry as well as an additional 80,000-100,000 in general and maritime industries. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, 79 fatal occupational injuries were related to cranes, derricks, hoists, and hoisting accessories in 1993. About 250,000 crane operators and a large number of other workers and the general public are at risk of serious and often fatal injury due to accidents involving cranes, derricks, hoists, and hoisting accessories.
Many of these accidents could have been prevented and were caused by poor safety procedures and negligence.
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