Would Installing Black Boxes Improve Safety and Help Prevent Crane Accidents?

Posted on June 29, 2016 at 11:10am by

Hook of a mobile lifting crane on a construction site, capable of lifting 25 tons of load. Heavy duty machinery for heavy construction industry.A new development stemming from the Tribeca crane accident case could drastically improve crane safety in New York, and hopefully the rest of the country. An attorney who works for the widow of the man killed in last February’s construction accident has voiced support of a new city bill that could see black boxes installed in cranes and other heavy machinery.

These black boxes are recording devices which could provide valuable information in the event of a malfunction or crash. With the information gathered by these boxes, safety officials could theoretically make more educated decisions to improve the safety of heavy equipment such as cranes.

Common Causes of Crane Accidents

Crane accidents can be caused by any number of factors, or a combination of them. Some of the more common causes include:

  • Strong winds
  • Operator error
  • Equipment malfunction
  • Operating in bad weather
  • Improper training
  • Communication breakdowns

These are just some of the things that could go wrong, leading to a fatal accident. Many times, determining the cause of a crane accident is largely guessing. With black boxes installed on each crane, we could know for sure what happened, and who is responsible.

What Else Can Be Done?

The only thing anyone can do following a fatal accident is to work hard trying to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Already, New York City has placed a number of restrictions on construction companies in response to the Tribeca accident, including banning construction workers from operating cranes if winds are stronger than 20 mph.

The Cape May construction accident lawyers with Donald G. Targan & Associates have the knowledge and experience to help people who suffer injuries due to crane accidents.


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