Personal Injury Attorney, Edward A. Smith, Discusses West Sacramento Construction Accident

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Injuries resulting from lifting gear accidents can be prevented with proper choices in lifting gear equipment.

Local Sacramento news reports indicate that two members of a construction crew working on Jefferson Boulevard in West Sacramento were critically injured on September 18, 2013 when a chain broke on the lifting gears of the heavy machinery that was carrying steel panels. Initial news reports of the incident can be found at

There are many reasons for lifting gear accidents. Lifting gears is a term that can refer to the equipment and can include the chains, rope slings, chain slings, hooks, plate clamps or eye bolts that are used to lift or lower loads. They play an important role in the lifting process as their primary function is to tie objects together tightly while hung on a crane. If there is insufficient knowledge or poor choices are made, the lifting operation may fail and result in an accident.

Chain slings are made of alloys and each alloy has a lifting load capacity. A chain can become unsafe and problems may arise if a chain is of insufficient size or has cuts, cracks or signs of wear. The safe working load for the chain should never be exceeded.

It is critical in construction accidents that the scene be evaluated by an experienced lawyer. This inspection can be done alongside the OSHA inspection that inevitably occurs at any construction accident scene.

For further information on construction site injuries, please contact the Law Offices of Edward A. Smith, a Sacramento personal injury lawyer since 1982 with an rating of 10.0. He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. His contact information is (800) 404-5400, 1900 Point West Way, Ste. 200, Sacramento, CA 95815.

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