Machines such as cranes remain a common fixture on many project sites and performing frequent maintenance on such equipment can be integral to mitigating a variety of safety risks. Should a crane malfunction during use, the results could prove disastrous and a resulting fall-related incident could pose a significant threat to a worker’s health. Two workers in California suffered injuries during a recent fall-related construction accident involving a crane malfunction.
According to reports, the incident took place on a recent Tuesday as two construction workers were using a crane to work on the frame of a billboard. Officials have advised that the crane experienced some form of malfunction. While few details were provided as to what occurred, reports indicate that the malfunction caused the workers to fall off the machine and land on the ground nearly twenty feet below.
Reports indicate that both workers were rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries. While the incident is currently under investigation, it remains unclear as to what might have caused the crane to malfunction. Unfortunately, similar issues continue to affect the lives of many workers and a fall from heights involving similar distances can lead to severe or even life-changing injuries.
The presence of machine malfunction may also increase the risk that fall-related construction accidents may occur. Those who suffer serious harm during an incident involving similar circumstances may face an understandable desire for answers on their available options and the best course of action to take to protect their future interests. Fortunately, there are attorneys who can evaluate the incident thoroughly and assist a person in California in preparing to pursue the full amount of compensation to which he or she is entitled to receive via the proper channels.