Crews searching the Elan City Lights apartments found the woman inside an apartment after the crane crashed into the east side of the building, Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans said. Kiersten Symone Smith, 29, was later pronounced dead.
The other five people were hospitalized at Parkland Memorial Hospital and Baylor University Medical Center. Two were in critical condition and two in serious condition. The fifth person was treated for a minor injury and released, Evans said.
The crane, which was being used at a construction site next door, collapsed about 2 p.m. into the apartments and its parking garage in the 2600 block of Live Oak Street, near North Good-Latimer Expressway, Evans said.
Emergency crews helped evacuate residents and searched for people and pets who may have been trapped.
“We are currently working to help determine the scope of damage caused by the collapse, and consult with management on what they’ll need to do going forward,” Evans said in a written statement.
Source: Dallas News
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If so, we will begin the process of investigating the accident. You will be expected to work with our lawyer and their team, as well as doctors and professionals who will reconstruct the accident. We will expect you to discuss what happened, follow up with regular medical checkups, and take other steps to determine what caused the accident, who is responsible for your injuries, and what treatment you’ll need to fully recover.
After an incident, construction companies have investigators and supervisors, who will come to the scene of the incident and gather information. They will use that information to defend themselves against any wrongdoing later. If we sign up your case, our office will investigate and hire appropriate experts to examine the site of the incident as well. The evidence obtained will assist us with developing a platform to prove up their wrongdoing and provide the jury with sufficient information to adequately compensate you for your damages.
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Chalaki Law, P.C. is a well-recognized Texas litigation firm with extensive personal injury trial experience in Dallas, Collin, Denton, Tarrant, Harris, Travis and other counties throughout Texas. With over 20 years of combined experience, we will help with your property damage and loss of use, so you can focus on your medical treatment. In the case of wrongful death from a crane accident or injury, we will conduct a full investigation of your loved one’s death and take care of your case, so you can properly grieve.
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While they may appear simple in design and function, every crane is a highly complex mechanism that requires an exceptionally high skill capacity by the operator. In addition to equipment failure, operator error is another cause of crane-related accidents. There are two ways that a crane operator gains the expertise necessary to effectively and safely operate a crane — through proper training and supervised hands-on experience. One of the most important things that the operator must master is the understanding and use of the crane’s load chart, which is vital to developing the ability to safely operate the crane. Every crane has a load chart, and that chart will reveal the maximum load capacity for the crane, and this chart, which great specificity, outlines the limitations of the machine. Any time that a crane operator chooses to operate a crane outside of the parameters of the specifications for that machine, they place themselves and their coworkers at a significantly higher risk of catastrophic injury of death.
It is vital that the crews that set up the crane, set it up properly, and it is equally vital that the crane is properly inspected upon being set up. Also, proper maintenance of the crane is also essential to ensure that the crane operates safely. When crews fail to set up a crane properly and proper procedures are not followed, it is possible for the crane to become unstable, especially when its lifting capacity is exceeded.
Another danger that is prevalent in crane operation, is operating on a barge, which is significantly different than operating a crane on land. When a crane operator lifts a load while operating a crane from a barge, the crane will lean toward the load, an action that is known as a list. Additionally, when the crane swings its load, it can cause the barge to list as well, making it immensely important that the crane operator be aware of this process and be prepared for it, in order to properly compensate for the swinging motion that is created during the list.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics maintains a national database that monitors the fatal injuries associated with occupation. This database is known as The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, and it identifies work-related fatalities in the United States. Between 1992 and 2002, NIOSH identified 719 cases of work-related fatalities that were either directly or indirectly attributed to crane accidents.
The injury attributes were as follows:
Prior to the current warning, the NIOSH issued a previous warning that focused on the hazards associated with electrocution concerns, in addition to workers be struck by swinging or falling objects as a result of a tip-over, uncontrolled hoisted load or boon collapse, which accounted for 52.8 percent of the fatalities associated with cranes.
It is important that industrial employers make sure that their crane operators are properly trained, and that all personnel are adequately informed of the risks involved with work on or near a mobile crane. It is also the employer’s responsibility to ensure that all workers comply with the safety regulations and requirements established by OSHA.
If you are a family member has been injured as a result of a crane accident, whether offshore or on land, then we urge you to contact Chalaki Law, P.C. in order to speak with one of our crane injury attorneys. The vast majority of crane accidents is a direct result of negligence, whether it is poor maintenance, overloading or some other error. If you have been injured in a crane accident, you deserve to recover compensation for your injuries and other damages, and we will fight for every dime that you deserve.
If you’ve been involved in a serious crane construction accident, you most likely are feeling overwhelmed and unsure of what to do next. At Chalaki Law, we have over 15 combined years of experience helping clients who have been injured like you and can help you understand your options.
Mr. Sean Chalaki is a practicing in injury attorney in Texas experienced in Personal Injury Litigation, Business and Commerical Litigation, Real Estate, Product Liability, and Healthcare Compliance.
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