Working around heavy equipment is inherently dangerous and crane accidents are a leading cause of death and injury on construction jobs, oil platforms, around ports and anywhere else that heavy loads are lifted and moved. As a crane accident investigator, Tom Barth is well versed in crane operation, experienced in detailed crane inspections, knowledgeable of crane safety procedures and able to articulate the specific issues that caused the situation. Crane accident investigators are often called to provide accurate reconstructions of accident scenarios and deliver expert witness testimony, either through depositions or on the stand in the courtroom.
Barth crane accident investigations can include immediate on-site assessments, reviewing critical lift plans and all events leading up to the accident. He will record the accident scene for review at a later date, make sure that interviewers are asking the right questions and include equipment appraisals and site safety surveys. In many crane investigations, he is brought in later to review depositions, reconstruct the accident, determine the probable cause and review any accident reports from OSHA and state or local municipalities.
Tom Barth has been the crane accident investigator in more than 55 high-profile cases, including:
- March 2008 Tower Crane Collapse in New York City that resulted in 4 fatalities.
- May 2008 Tower Crane Collapse in New York City that resulted in 2 fatalities.
- July 2008 collapse of one of the country's largest mobile cranes at a Houston, TX oil refinery.
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