Was safety negligence or an equipment malfunction a factor in this construction crane accident and could it have been prevented? Read ‘Our Legal Take’ below to find out if the victim may have legal avenues for justice and claims for substantial compensation.
A construction crane collapse at a Fort Lauderdale, Florida construction site left one man injured Tuesday afternoon, January 14, 2020.
As reported by Local10.com, the incident happened “Tuesday afternoon during a crane collapse at Port Everglades…at 1820 Eller Drive.”
According to the report, “Michael Kane, the 46-year-old victim suffered a non-life-threatening back injury during the incident…the crane had been on a flatbed when it tipped over.”
Mr. Kane was taken to Broward Health Medical Center.
Our Legal Take
The use of cranes is vital in modern construction, but there are many dangers associated with their operation. The Murray Law Firm questions the safety measures implemented by the owner and operator of the crane, and whether this tragic incident may have been prevented. Relevant factual and legal inquires include, but are not limited to:
- Was the crane installed properly?
- Was the crane up to date on certifications?
- Were operating functions checked daily to ensure that everything is working properly and that there are no defects or cracks in the support members?
- Were any attempts made to service, repair, or replace the crane prior to the incident?
- Was the crane being operated in a proper and safe manner?
Generally, crane owners and operators are required to install and utilize the equipment in a non-negligent manner. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the crane owner or operator failed to provide adequate safety measures to protect individuals from foreseeable harm, or failed to operate the crane safely, Michael Kane may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for his injuries. Under Workers’ Compensation laws, our legal team suggests that Michael Kane will also most likely be entitled to significant compensation as a result of this accident. While Michael Kane should be eligible for benefits under workers compensation laws, he may also hold a third-party civil claim against the designer or manufacturer of the crane that collapsed. Because this potential products liability claim is dependent on the facts surrounding the incident, it is imperative that an experienced attorney be retained without delay so as to ensure that all evidence connected to the accident is preserved.
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