The Long Beach Fire Department responded to a call reporting the crane collapse around 12:30 PM on Monday, October 7th. When they arrived, they found the crane resting on its side, with its extended arm having crashed onto nearby homes.
One victim, who remains unnamed, was translated to a local hospital for treatment of injuries caused by falling debris resulting from the crane’s collapse.
It is reported that the crane, owned by Bob Hill Crane, had been present in the neighborhood for a couple of days while power line work was conducted.
The accident caused some residents to be left without power for several hours; local traffic was also closed off until the scene was investigated and cleaned up. Fortunately, no other injuries were reported.
Bobby Thompson, a contributor to LegalHerald.com and experienced construction accident attorney, offered the following information for victims of injuries due to construction work:
“Millions of construction workers wake up every day in the United States, expecting to go to work, safely complete their tasks, and return back home to spend time with their loved ones. Unfortunately, in many instances, this is not the case.
More construction workers are injured or killed on the job than any other profession, a fact that has been reported by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). When these tragic incidents occur, construction workers can pursue worker’s compensation claims.
A worker’s comp claim can help the victims receive compensation that will cover medical bills and even some of the income lost as a result of the injury.
When other, non-construction worker individuals become injured by ongoing construction, they have avenues for compensation that the on-site workers don’t have themselves. Mainly, they can file a personal injury lawsuit.
A personal injury lawsuit filed against the person, group of persons or even the entity which acted in a negligent fashion will often be the only way for victims and their loved ones to receive full compensation. This is due to the fact that insurance policies are often limited in their coverage; they’ll also be quick to stop paying out benefits once a limit is reached.
In either case, victims of injuries should consult their case with an experienced attorney who will be able to inspect the facts of the case and provide input on what the legal options are. This discussion should be had as soon as possible after the incident, as evidence can be lost and memory can fade.”