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Cincinnati Construction Injury & Crane Accidents

Cincinnati Construction injury Lawyer reviews OSHA Standards and Crane Accidents


Crane accidents occur frequently in construction sites and lead to construction injury. In order to avoid such hazards from causing electrocution and even death, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has established standards necessary for appropriate work to be completed at construction sites.

In regards to preventing crane accidents, the OSHA explains that unless lines have been “de-energized and visibly grounded” or standalone, unattached insulating barriers have been put up to prevent contact with the lines, certain criteria need to be established.[8]

Per former OHSA Standard 1926.550(a)(15) established before 2000, several crane specifications include:

  1. “For lines rated 50kV. or below, minimum clearance between the lines and any part of the crane or load shall be ten feet;”
  2. “For lines rated over 50 kV., minimum clearance between the lines and any part of the crane or load shall be 10 feet plus 0.4 inch for each 1 kV. over 50 kV., or twice the length of the line insulator, but never less than ten feet.;”
  3. “A person shall be designated to observe clearance of the equipment and give timely warning for all operations where it is difficult for the operator to maintain the desired clearance by visual means;”
  4. “Any overhead wire shall be considered to be an energized line unless and until the person owning such line or the electrical utility authorities indicate that it is not an energized line and has been visibly grounded;”
  5. “Combustible and flammable materials shall be removed from the immediate area prior to operations.”[9]

Cincinnati Construction Injury & Crane Accidents

Recently,  construction safety standards have been updated slightly to include more accurate specifications.  Crane accidents are scrutinized more now than ever. Requirements regarding cranes now fall under rules 1926.1400 to 1926.1442:

  1. “Before assembling or disassembling equipment, the employer must determine if any part of the equipment, load line, or load (including rigging and lifting accessories) could get, in the direction or area of assembly/disassembly, closer than 20 feet to a power line during the assembly/disassembly process. If so, the employer must meet the requirements in Option (1), Option (2), or Option (3) of this section, as follows:”
    1. “Confirm from the utility owner/operator that the power line has been de-energized and visibly grounded at the worksite;”
    2. Ensure that no part of the equipment, load line or load (including rigging and lifting accessories), gets closer than 20 feet to the power line by implementing the measures specified in paragraph (b) of this section;”
    3. Refer to a table with various voltages and clearance distances specified.[10]

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Crane accidents and Cincinnati construction injury events can be prevented. The changes between standards and guidelines from 2000 show how the OSHA is taking more precautions in regards to regulating construction sites.  Previously, a clearance distance of ten feet was required, whereas a general clearance distance of 20 feet is now required.

Furthermore, after an employer references the table of voltages and distances provided by the OSHA, he must continue to follow a varying degree of additional precautions in order to ensure that the construction site is adequately safeguarded.[11]

The Lyon Firm is dedicated to representing injured workers in Cincinnati and Ohio. When a Cincinnati construction injury results in a serious condition or death, lawsuits can be filed against negligent employers.

If you or a loved one has suffered a Cincinnati construction injury or crane accident and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care in Ohio, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer critical questions regarding Cincinnati construction injury lawsuits.

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