Crane Accident Claims Guide – How Much Compensation Can I Claim?

By Joanne Jeffries. Last Updated 6th April 2022.  Welcome to our guide where we will be providing free legal advice on crane accident claims. Throughout the duration of this guide, you will find free legal advice regarding making a can accident claim as well as crane accident statistics. We aim to answer questions such as “What are the 4 most common crane accidents?” and “How do I know if I could claim?’ You will also gain a greater understanding of how a personal injury solicitor could offer to handle your claim under a No Win No Fee agreement.

Making A Crane Accident Claim

If you were involved in a crane accident and sustained injuries whether slight or catastrophic leaving your incapacitated and the incident was wholly or partly the fault of a third party, you could be entitled to file a personal injury claim for the pain, suffering, loss of amenity, damages and out of pocket expenses you incurred through no fault of your own.

Working with or around heavy machinery/equipment is not without its risks. However, the number of fatalities involving cranes has been seen to decline over recent years thanks to the Health and Safety regulations that are in place. With this said, many people die or suffer catastrophic injuries when involved in a crane accident that can be life-changing.

How we could help with crane accident claims

If you were injured by a crane accident in the last 3 years and would like to know more about how to go about filing a personal injury claim, at Accident Claims our team of crane accident claims solicitors can explain the procedure involved in this type of claim. To find out more please click on the Select a Section below:

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A Guide To Claiming Compensation For A Crane Accident

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Welcome to our crane accident claims guide.

Crane accidents involving tower or mobile cranes typically happen for various reasons, whether it’s negligence on the part of an employer or operator error on a colleague/workmate or equipment failure. Whatever the reason, if you were involved in a crane accident which was partly or wholly the fault of a third party, you could be entitled to file for compensation for the pain, suffering and any damages you incurred as a direct result.

How do I make A Crane Accident Claim?

You must take specific steps following a crane accident, one of which is to ensure the incident is reported to your employer and record it in the accident report book which they must do under UK law. Even though you might think the accident was partly your fault, you could still file a contributory negligence personal injury claim against your employer.

Certain things can be included in your personal injury claim following a crane accident. At Accident Claims, our team of crane accident claims solicitors have years of experience in handling this type of case bearing in mind that claims of this nature can be complex affairs.

We always respect any personal injury claims time limit that may be associated with the claim. We go the extra mile in ensuring you receive the level of crane injury compensation you rightly deserve for the pain, suffering and damages you sustained as a direct result of a crane accident.

What Type Of Accidents Are Caused By Cranes?

Before we look into crane accident claims, let’s first look at what these accidents are.

Operating heavy machinery and equipment like cranes whether mobile or tower, requires the correct training and concentration. Lack of experience, training or concentration can result in a crane accident causing catastrophic injuries to people whether workers, bystanders or passers-by.

What are the most common crane accidents?

Studies have shown that a crane accident involves collisions with overhead electricity cables among the more common causes of a crane accident. Other reasons for a crane accident are detailed below:

  • Collisions with buildings or other objects at height nearby
  • Crane collapses or topples over
  • 2 cranes collide
  • Loads fall to the floor
  • Hook swings out injuring people close by
  • Crane is incorrectly balanced causing it to topple over
  • Loads are heavier than they should be which results in a crane being destabilised
  • Errors made while unloading or loading the crane
  • Sudden gusts of wind causes crane to lose load
  • Subsidence or an incorrectly supported crane

Could I make a crane accident claim?

If you or a family member/partner sustained injuries because of a crane accident and the incident occurred in the last 3 years, you could file for compensation for your pain, suffering and damages you suffered through no fault of your own and employer negligence or equipment failure.

To discuss crane accident claims with an Accident Claims personal injury solicitor and to find out if the accident occurred through employer negligence or if your claim might be for contributory negligence, please get in touch today.

What Are The Causes Of Crane Accidents And Injuries?

Negligence, insufficient operator training or equipment failure are top of the list when it comes to why a crane accident happens. Studies show that people are more at risk of being injured when working with and around heavy machinery and equipment with 80 people annually suffering fatal injuries.

With this said, a passer-by or a bystander also runs the risk of being involved in a crane accident more, especially when overhead or mobile cranes are in operation, resulting in them being slightly, severely or fatally injured.

If you or a loved one has sustained a crane accident injury and would like to discuss your case with an Accident Claims personal injury solicitor, please do not hesitate in contacting us either by phone, email or you can request a “call back” by filling out the form provided. We can help you get the maximum compensation you deserve by making crane accident claims today.

How Do Crane Accidents And Injuries Happen?

A crane accident can happen for a variety of reasons with negligence, an inexperienced operator or equipment failure being high on the list. The most common reasons being detailed below:

  • Crane collapses or topples over
  • Crane collides with an overhead power line
  • Crane loses a load whether all of it or part of it
  • A load hits a person while being moved
  • Mechanical/equipment failure
  • 2 mini cranes collide

If you were injured by a crane accident in the last 3 years and would like to know whether you have grounds to make crane accident claims against a negligent employer, please contact an Accident Claims personal injury lawyer today.

Facts And Statistics For Crane Accidents

According to the HSE’s statistics for 2020-21, there were 142 people who suffered fatal injuries in workplace accidents. 35 of these were falls from heights.

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Crane accident statistics show that a large percentage of incidents can be put down to negligence, human error, equipment failure and inexperience when operating a crane. The statistics are detailed below:

  • 90% of accidents involving cranes are due to human error
  • A crane toppling causes 80% of accidents over due to lifting loads that are too heavy and which are greater than the manufacturer guidelines for the equipment’s capability
  • 54% of accidents occur due to swinging or lifting a boom when outriggers are not correctly or fully extended
  • 45% of incidents involve electrocution due to colliding with power lines where mobile cranes are concerned
  • 40% of accidents causing injuries to people were the result of them being hit by some part of a crane whether its load, crane hook or other and that the incidents were mainly due to poor control on the part of the operator

Health and Safety Executive statistics show that since 2001, there have been 61 accidents involving tower cranes and that 9 incidents were fatal with 25 people sustaining severe injuries.

Can You Claim For Fatal Crane Accidents?

Here are some relevant statistics related to crane accident claims.

Statistics show that crane accident deaths are less common than ever before thanks in part to the Health and Safety regulations that are now in place. Many employers take care to act on the recommendations of risk assessments they perform into crane based jobs. However, fatal accidents do still occur and the consequences are all too often catastrophic. The loss of a partner, spouse and/or other family member due to a crane accident that occurred through no fault of their own can be devastating both emotionally and financially.

If you have lost a loved one in a crane accident, you’d possibly be entitled to claim compensation from a negligent employer whether death was instant or occurred some time later as a direct result of the incident. You would be entitled to file a crane accident at work compensation claim even if the incident was partly due or wholly due to employer negligence and you have up to 3 years to do so.

If you would like to know more about crane accident claims and how to go about starting a claim, please contact an Accident Claims personal injury solicitor today and we will walk you through what is often a complicated process working on a No Win No Fee basis.

What Can Be The Long-Term Effects Of Crane Accidents And Injuries?

Working with or around heavy machinery and equipment carries risks more especially when extremely large, heavy loads are being moved from the ground to heights. Injuries sustained through a crane accident are all too often catastrophic leaving you with both physical and psychological injuries. The long-term effects of crane accident injuries can be severe which are detailed below:

  • Brain injuries that result in a permanent vegetative state
  • Spinal injuries resulting in partial or total paralysis
  • Broken bones that result in long-term pain and/or disability
  • Back injuries that result in recurring problems
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) causing anxiety and depression

To find out how an Accident Claims personal injury solicitor can assess whether you have grounds to make crane accident claims before offering legal advice on how best to proceed, please contact us today.

My Crane Accident Caused Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder, Can I Claim Compensation?

If you were involved in a crane accident, the chances are you could have Post-traumatic stress disorder because having been involved in an incident with such a large machine can leave you marked for the rest of your life.

Providing the crane accident was due to employer negligence, an error on the part of a work colleague or equipment failure, you could be entitled to claim compensation for the pain, suffering and ongoing damage to your mental health, bearing in mind that PTSD can last for the rest of your life.

To find out more how an Accident Claims personal injury solicitor can help establish whether you have a strong case to make an accident at work claim, please contact us today. We can assess whether it would be better to file a contributory negligence personal injury claim against your employer.

Who Is Eligible To Make A Claim For A Crane Accident?

Any person who has been involved in a crane accident that was wholly or partly the fault of a third party could be entitled to file for compensation. In short, the accident was caused through the negligence of someone else or through contributory negligence. An employer could be held responsible for equipment failure. It can be proved they were negligent because they failed to maintain a crane in good working order, resulting in a crane accident.

Should you have been involved in a crane accident even though you operated the equipment correctly while adhering to operational guidelines and were wearing all the right work wear, you may have a strong case to claim compensation from an employer by filing a personal injury claim.

At Accident Claims, we have years of experience in dealing with all types of personal injury claims including crane and cherry picker accident claims. Our team of crane accident claims solicitors are waiting to take your call and work with you on a No Win No Fee basis taking the stress and worry of funding legal advice off the table.

Claiming Compensation For Injuries Caused By Mobile Cranes

Anyone who sustains an injury while working close to or operating a mobile crane and the incident occurred through no fault of their own because they followed all protocols and guidelines, they could be entitled to file for compensation for the pain, suffering and damages that were sustained as a direct result of the mobile crane accident.

If, however, the accident was wholly your fault because you failed to adhere to guidelines and operator protocols, you would not be entitled to file for compensation because a judge may well rule the mobile crane accident occurred due to operator error and not through the negligence of a third party.

Evidence Needed In Crane Accident Compensation Claims

All workplace accident claims are treated as unique but in general, there is specific evidence needed to prove and strengthen your case. With this said, an Accident Claims personal injury lawyer would be in the best position to tell you if there is anything in particular that you would need to provide as evidence relating to your crane accident. In general, the evidence you would need to provide when filing a personal injury claim against a third party is detailed below:

  • Photos of the crane accident and your injuries
  • Witness statements and contact details
  • CCTV footage if available
  • All information regarding your experience, qualifications for operating a crane
  • Receipts for any expenses incurred as a direct result of the crane accident
  • A report of how the crane accident affected your day to day life and whether your injuries negatively impacted your lifestyle

What Steps Should You Take If Involved In A Crane Accident?

There are specific steps you must take having been involved in a crane accident, whether you want to make an accident claim or not.

The first and most important thing to do is seek medical attention should your injuries be slight or severe. Following this, the crane accident must be reported to an employer and if you’re unable to do this because of your injuries, someone on-site must do this on your behalf.

Under UK law, an employer must have a specific accident report procedure in place and they must adhere to it. The steps you must take following a crane accident are detailed below:

  • Report the crane accident to your employer so they can record the incident in an accident report book
  • Seek medical attention as soon as possible and obtain an official report on your injuries and your overall condition and well-being
  • Keep notes of your injuries and how the crane accident occurred
  • Get contact details of all witnesses
  • Take photographs of your injuries
  • Take photographs of where the crane accident occurred

The importance of accident report forms in accident at work claims

When working on construction sites, there is usually a lot of different things going on at once. So much so, an accident could occur involving a crane or heavy machinery and nobody would notice. If that were the case, and you wanted to claim compensation, how could you prove what had happened? Well, one key piece of evidence is an accident report form.

How an accident report could support your crane accident claim

This crucial document can help you because it will contain details of when the accident took place, where it happened and what injuries were sustained. Why is that so important, though? Well, when you claim any amount of compensation, an insurer will need to see evidence to back up your allegations. If you don’t the insurer could simply say that a) the accident didn’t happen or b) the accident did occur but you didn’t suffer the injuries you are claiming for.

Having an accident report form makes it very difficult for anybody to deny any of these things and could make your case easier to win. By law, accidents on construction sites must be recorded in an accident log. If you decide to seek compensation for any injuries sustained in a crane accident, you are entitled to ask for a copy of the form. Once you have obtained a copy, why not call our team of specialists so that we can review the merits of your case? Our service is free and we’ll provide advice about your case whether you take action or not.

What Can Crane Accident Compensation Claims Include?

Anyone who has been involved in a crane accident whether they were slightly injured, severely injured or sustained catastrophic injuries would be entitled to make compensation claims against their employer if the incident occurred through no fault of their own in the last 3 years. There are specific things that can be included in construction industry accident claims and these are detailed below:

  • Damages
  • Medical Expenses
  • Travel Costs
  • Care Claim
  • Loss of earnings
  • Loss of projected earnings
  • Funeral costs in the event of death
  • Pain, suffering and damages
  • Short-term disability
  • Long-term disability
  • Nerve damage
  • Broken bones
  • Sprains
  • Loss of limb/limbs/digits
  • Head injuries
  • Shoulder/neck injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Impaired or loss of vision in one or both eyes
  • PTSD

To find out more about work accident crane claims, please contact an Accident Claims personal injury lawyer who can explain the process of filing a personal injury claim working with you on a No Win No Fee basis.

Crane Accident And Injury Compensation Calculator

In this section, we’ll look at the different types of payouts that claims could yield.

The compensation amounts indicated in our personal injury claims calculator are based on Judicial College guidelines and successful claims that were filed in the past. It is worth noting that each individual personal injury claim involving a crane accident is treated as unique which means the amount you may be awarded in a successful claim could be higher or lower than the amount provided in our compensation table.

Injuries/reason for compensationAmounts awarded
Mental Anguish £4,380
Tetraplegia (also known as Quadriplegia)£304,630 to £379,100
Paraplegia
£205,580 to £266,740
Very Severe Brain Damage£264,650 to £379,100
Moderately Severe Brain Damage£205,580 to £264,650
Severe Psychiatric Damage Generally£51,460 to £108,620
Moderate Psychiatric Damage Generally£5,500 to £17,900
Severe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder£56,180 to £94,470
Moderate Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder£21,730 to £56,180
Severe Neck InjuryIn the region of £139,210
Moderate Neck Injury£23,460 to £36,120

No Win No Fee Claims For Crane Accidents And Injuries

No Win No Fee structures allow you to seek legal representation without worrying about paying for a solicitor’s expert services when it comes to filing a personal injury claim. A Conditional Fee Agreement allows a personal injury lawyer to work on your case without having to request a retainer, upfront fees or ongoing fees. The only time an invoice would be raised for legal representation received, is when your claim is successful. You are awarded the level of compensation you rightly deserve for your pain, suffering and damages sustained.

A No Win No Fee personal injury solicitor would deduct the agreed fees from the amount you are awarded in your successful claim. If a judge does not rule in your favour and you lose your claim, you would not have to pay anything for the legal services you received when filing your personal injury claim.

At Accident Claims, we would work with you on a No Win No Fee basis and we offer an initial consultation which is free of charge. Contact us today to find out how we can help you file crane accident claims.

Why Choose Accident Claims UK For Your Crane Accident Compensation Claim

Our team of personal injury lawyers have years of experience working on successful accident claims and we offer a free, initial consultation which allows a personal injury lawyer the opportunity to assess your case before advising on the best way to proceed.

  • Crane accident compensation claims can be complex affairs, with our in-depth knowledge of the law and an employer’s legal responsibilities, we are in the best position to offer you essential advice when it comes to filing a personal injury claim.
  • We work hard to ensure you receive the level of compensation you deserve for all the pain, suffering, damages and financial losses you may have incurred through the negligence of an employer, work colleague or equipment failure.
  • Accident Claims are recognised by The Law Society and the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and are nationally recognised as trustworthy personal injury claims providers.
  • We provide an initial, free, no-obligation consultation. We would work with you on a No Win No Fee basis taking all the financial pressure of paying for legal representation off the table.

Our claims lines are open 7 days a week 24/7 so we never miss your call and our team of personal injury solicitors cover a vast range of legal topics, including crane accident claims. Call us today to find out how we can help you file a personal injury claim.

Talk To Accident Claims UK Today About Crane Accident Claims

Call us today to speak to an Accident Claims personal injury solicitor about your crane accident claim. The initial consultation is a no-obligation free service we provide. You can contact us on 0800 073 8801 and our claims lines are open 24 hours, 7 days a week.

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You can also fill out our “call back” request form so a personal injury solicitor can get back to you as soon as possible.

Our email address is office@accidentclaims.co.uk

Useful Links Relating To Crane Accident Claims

To find out more about Health and Safety statistics relating to construction injuries and fatalities, please follow the link below:

Health and Safety Executive statistics in the construction industry

If you would like to know more about an employer’s responsibility in the workplace, please follow the link below:

An employer’s responsibility towards workers

If you were involved in a crane accident and would like to know more about your legal rights, please follow the link below:

Your legal rights at work explained

If you would like to know more about filing a personal injury claim for fractured /broken bones following a crane accident, please click on the link below:

How to file a personal injury claim for broken bones

Crane Accident Claims FAQs

Do I have grounds to make a claim for neglignece?

Typically, you must meet the following criteria to prove negligence:

  • A third party owes you a legal duty of care
  • Which they fail to uphold
  • You suffer as a result

How common are crane accidents?

As outlined by the HSE, here are the most up to date statistics for the construction sector:

  • 40 fatal injuries to workers in 2019/20.
  • 61,000 non-fatal injuries to workers each year.
  • 81,000 workers suffered from ill-health.

Do I need a solicitor for a personal injury claim?

In short, the answer is no, you do not need a personal injury solicitor in order to make a claim. However, when taking legal action, there are various factors that can be complex, and having legal representation by your side can make the process less stressful.

Where can I get a solicitor?

Here at Accident Claims, our team of personal injury solicitors are well versed in the law and often handle cases on a No Win No Fee basis.

What does No Win No Fee mean?

In short, there is no fee to pay your solicitor if they fail to win your case for you. Therefore, this eliminates the usual financial risk from the claims process.

How can Accident Claims help?

We offer free consultations and have a panel of personal injury lawyers that can handle your claim on a No Win No Fee basis.

How can I contact Accident Claims?

You can call the number at the top of this page or check out our contact section for some alternative options.

Could I make crane accident claims as a member of the public?

Have you been injured in a crane accident as a member of the public? If so, you may be able to claim for compensation. Those who own and operate cranes are duty bound to take health and safety very seriously. If there is negligence on the behalf of a crane operator, then you could make a claim for compensation for injuries suffered as a result. You could claim for incidences where something has been dropped on you from a crane, for example. Or, you could claim if a crane has swung round and hit you while it was being operated negligently. These are just a few examples. If you would like to speak to us about making a claim for a crane accident that was not your fault, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

What do I need to look for in a solicitor for crane accident claims?

When it comes to choosing a solicitor, you are not restricted to opting for one in your local area. You have the whole of the UK to choose from, which could present some problems as well as some opportunities. After all, if all of the solicitors you’re looking at are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, and work on a no win no fee basis, how do you tell them apart? We would advise you to carefully look into their background, and see whether they’ve handled cases like yours before. You could also look for reviews posted on independent websites to get an idea of the level of service they could provide.

Crane accident statistics – How many people have been injured by a crane?

We can look to the HSE for crane accident statistics to find out how many people have been injured by a crane.

According to their publication, RR820 – Tower crane incidents worldwide, there were 86 incidents involving the collapse of a crane between 1986 and 2009.

However, in construction, there have been an average of 61,000 non-fatal injuries to workers each year over the periods 2018/19- 2020/21. Some of these were caused by contact with moving machinery, although we do not have insight into whether they were caused by cranes.

What are the 4 most common crane accidents?

There are no current statistics relating to common crane accidents.

However, the four main accident kinds in construction between 2018/19-2020/21 include injured while handling, lifting or carrying, slips, trips or falls on the same level, falls from a height and being struck by moving, flying or falling objects. 

These figures were provided by RIDDOR.

How do I start a crane accident claim?

We could help you start a crane accident claim. First, we could assess your eligibility to claim. If we determine you could have a good chance of receiving compensation, we could provide you with a No Win No Fee lawyer. Then, they could fight for compensation on your behalf.

What damages could be payable in a successful crane accident claim?

If your crane accident claim is successful, you could receive general damages to compensate you for loss of amenity, suffering and pain caused by your injuries. You could also receive special damages to compensate you for financial costs and losses caused by your injuries.

Thank you for taking the time to read our guide on crane accident claims. Should you have any additional queries, please reach out and contact our team.