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Indoor crane collapses, causing workplace injury

Indoor cranes used in Colorado are often suspended across an open area by bars so that materials can be easily lifted and transported across the warehouse floor to another location. When a crane is not installed or supported correctly, the machine can collapse or drop materials. The result may be an accident that can cause a workplace injury. An employee recently suffered a serious workplace injury after an accident involving a crane that fell.

The morning incident occurred at an industrial workplace when a large indoor crane collapsed on an employee. The company is responsible for the manufacturing and distribution of large concrete forms which are moved within the facility by use of the crane. Reports indicate that the crane was in use at the time of the accident and was lifting a panel a concrete when it fell.

Indoor cranes have recommended weight limits that, when exceeded, can cause damage to the machine and those around it. The worker was pinned beneath the crane when it fell on top of him, making it impossible for him to escape the wreckage. Emergency crews worked to rescue the man, and he was transferred to a nearby medical facility for treatment.

Officials continue to investigate the accident in an attempt to discover what may have led to the collapse of the indoor crane and the workplace injury. An employee that is harmed at work in Colorado is usually eligible for workers' compensation benefits to offset the cost of medical treatment and potentially lost wages. Many seek professional support in pursuing all available benefits under this important state-regulated insurance program.

Source: whio.com, "Worker hurt in Clark County industrial accident", Nov. 4, 2014

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