Brevard County, FL – April 17, 2018 (Florida Today) According to a news report from Florida Today, a crane part caused one person to suffer traumatic injuries. Just before 8 AM, Brevard County Fire Rescue officials got called out to the 100 block of Imperial Street to help the injured person. The injured individual got airlifted to a trauma center for treatment of their injuries.
While it is unclear from the news article whether the person who got hurt by the crane part was operating the crane, working near the crane, or a passerby, cranes present risks to anyone who is near them. People who work in or near cranes often get extensive safety training so that they can work safely. While those precautions reduce the risk of crane accidents, they do not eliminate the risk. Mechanical failures, people getting near cranes who do not have the proper safety training, and other factors can contribute to crane accidents. Since some cranes are massive, a single mishap can injure multiple people at once.
Most of the accident statistics involving cranes come from workplace accidents. Between seventy and one hundred people die every year in crane accidents in the workplace. Some of those fatalities happen when loads fall off of cranes. Others are caused by contact with the crane itself. Sometimes, part of the crane comes into contact with a power line or other source of electricity. There are a few different kinds of cranes, including mobile cranes, overhead cranes, truck mounted cranes, and rail mounted cranes are some of the most common types of cranes that can be found in workplaces where cranes are used. The industries that often use cranes in their work are construction, road construction, mining, and manufacturing.