Accounting to the Dallas Morning News, One woman, Kiersten Simone Smith, was killed in the crash and five others were injured.
The damage caused by the crane prevented over 500 residents of the complex from moving back in. At this point it is uncertain whether the owners will fix the existing building or rebuild entirely.
The crane that crashed had not been used that day and was supposed to be able to withstand up 95 mph winds. During the storm, it was said there were winds up to 71 mph. While the investigation into the crash is still underway it is believed that the crane may have not been allowed to weathervane correctly.
Typically the operator will unlock the brake so that the crane’s arm can sway in the wind. Video footage showed another crane nearby that did not crash in the wind.
While it is too soon to say what was the cause, Bigge, the crane company, is no stranger to fines and violations. In fact, the company had another fatal crash in Arkansas involving a nuclear power plant in 2013 along with 14 different violations in the past 10 years.
What Should I Do If I’ve Been Injured by Construction Equipment?
The aftermath of a construction-related accident can seem overwhelming, especially if you have no connection to the company at fault – you have likely sustained a serious injuries along with severe pain and uncertainty, but you have options. By following these simple steps, you can put yourself in a better position to achieve physical and financial recovery.
Seek medical attention immediately
File a report as soon as possible and receive copies of all documentation
If possible, take photographs of the work site and any tools or equipment involved in the accident
Collect names and contact information of witnesses to the accident, including workers and bystanders
Document any changes in your health due to the construction accident as well as any visits with a doctor
Contact an experienced construction injury attorney
You will likely be approached by the parties responsible and insurance companies who will attempt to have you sign away your rights as an injured individual. Do not sign any documents or provide any written or recorded statements until you have consulted with an attorney.
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