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Crane incident study - Impact and prevention

Experts from the Konecranes Training Institute analyzed 249 OSHA reported crane incidents that occurred over a period of a decade in the U.S. – that’s over two per month. Learn the costs, injuries, occupations of the injured, top causes of these incidents and, most importantly, ways to reduce the likelihood of accidents and injuries involving overhead cranes. 

Incidents involved

0 OSHA violations


133 Injuries

133 Fatalities

Followed by more than


in OSHA fines


Average major injury has a cost of over

Average major injury has a cost of over


Average fatality has a cost of over

Average fatality has a cost of over


Top causes & results of the incidents

Injured person crushed/run over by overhead organtry crane93% of theseincidents resultedin a fatality Crushed by the load(load swing, load dropor by an unstable load being placed and immediately falling over)Crushed by the load resulted in33.8% fatalities and36.8% injuries Other Improper/absent LockOut Tag-Out (LOTO) Load dropped (most common root causesof load drops: poor rigging practices) other languages Caused by a fall (from heightsof 8 ft. to over 100 ft.)

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The study and the information is an analysis and summary of the obtained data and does not take into account the identity of, or attribute liability to, any parties involved in the incidents and in no way states, concludes or infers that Konecranes was involved in any respect in such incidents.

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