Carl Kromminga Long Beach: New City Church Pastor Carl Kromminga Injured In Long Beach Crane Collapse Accident On 61st Street
LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA (October 8, 2019) – A Long Beach pastor identified as Carl Kromminga was injured in a crane collapse accident on 61st Street.
The crane collapse was captured on security footage by a homeowner identified as Jerry Gilmore. The security footage shows the left front tires of the truck holding the crane lift off the ground.
In the following moments you can see the crane fall onto its side and onto the house next door. One person at the Long Beach home was injured after being hit in the head by debris.
Jerry Gilmore told news stations that the victim is a pastor who was later identified as Carl Kromminga. Investigators are saying that Carl Kromminga was on his patio when he was hit in the head.
He was later transported to the hospital in order to get stitches and receive treatment for several cracked ribs. South California Edison issued the following statement after the accident:
“Southern California Edison is aware of the incident yesterday in the Long Beach area involving an SCE contractor tasked with replacing a pole in the backyard of a residence. Our thoughts are with the resident who was reported injured in the incident. SCE is currently reviewing and investigating the circumstances surrounding this incident. The contractor operating the crane onsite was Bob Hill Crane.”
An investigation into the crane collapse that injured Carl Kromminga remains ongoing at this time.
Causes of Crane Collapse Accidents
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “From 2011 to 2015, the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) reported 220 total crane-related deaths, an average of 44 per year over this 5-year period. Men accounted for 217 of the 220 fatal injuries involving cranes. White, non-Hispanic workers accounted for 74 percent of fatal injuries involving cranes, while 14 percent involved Hispanic and Latino workers.” Here are just a few of the most common reasons why crane accidents take place:
- Operator error
- Mechanical failures
- Uneven weight distribution
- Rigging failures
- Improper maintenance
It is extremely important that crane operators undergo the proper evaluations. According to OSHA, “Under the final rule, employers are required to train operators as needed to perform assigned crane activities, evaluate them, and document successful completion of the evaluations. Employers who have evaluated operators prior to December 9, 2018, will not have to conduct those evaluations again, but will only have to document when those evaluations were completed.” If a construction company or general contractor fails to take proper measures to prevent crane accidents they could face civil liability.
Liability In Long Beach Crane Collapse Accidents
There are a number of entities that could potentially bear liability in the event of an accident. Southern California Edison could bear liability for a crane accident if it was negligent in retaining a crane contractor. Companies are supposed to make sure that construction contractors have a clean safety record. The company that operates or set up the crane could face civil liability if the accident was caused by operator error, rigging problems or inadequate maintenance. OSHA has set forth a number of safety guidelines that can be used to prevent crane collapses including:
- Shift inspections for all equipment;
- Monthly inspections for all equipment;
- Annual inspections for all equipment;
- Shift, monthly, and annual inspections for all wire rope;
- Post-assembly inspections upon completion of assembly;
- Pre-erection inspections of tower cranes;
- Inspections of modified or repaired/adjusted equipment;
Any person that is injured in a Long Beach crane accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills, property damages, and pain and suffering. Many victims may not even realize the full extent of their injuries until several weeks or months after an accident. For example, even a mild head injury can easily exceed $85,000 in lifetime medical costs according to Northwestern University. A crane accident attorney can investigate all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Getting Help After A Long Beach Crane Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to pastor Carl Kromminga who was injured in this crane accident. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened. Did the crane company perform all of the required inspections prior to work? Did they take the necessary measures which may have prevented this accident? It is our sincere hope that there is some accountability for this accident. Someone could have easily been killed.
If you or someone that you care about has been injured in a crane accident there are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any legal questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have questions about the law or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.