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The crane operator has many responsibilities. They must be fully familiarized with the crane manufacturer’s O&M manual and load charts for the cranes they are dispatched to operate. When they have consulted the O&M manual procedures for the crane’s specific re-configuration, they should conduct a job site safety meeting with the personnel under their supervision. The operator should inform the personnel on the manufacturer’s procedures for reconfiguration, such as proper pin placement and sequence. Operators should make sure they swing cranes in controlled manner, and to never suspend the crane over personnel, unless the personnel are required to land the load. Operators must not permit anyone to ride the hook or load. If there are any technical difficulties with the crane manufacturer’s procedures on any crane re-configuration, operators must contact their shop managers for help. If the lift is critical or sensitive, pre-planning meetings are required. Before leaving the crane, the operator has the responsibility to land the load, place all control leavers in neutral, secure the crane against travel, set all brakes and locking devices, and shut off the engine. Whenever there is a concern for safety, the operator has the authority to stop and refuse to handle loads, until a qualified person determines that everything meets OSHA safety standards. 

OSHA Regulations for Crane Operations

Operators can meet OSHA’s certification requirements through three ways. First, operators can obtain certification through an accredited third party crane certification organization. Second, employers can develop an employer-audited program to certify operators. Finally, operators can obtain a state or local crane operator license.

Car accidents are extremely common in Massachusetts. No matter how responsible you are behind the wheel, you can’t control the actions of other drivers. Luckily, modern technology can help you avoid injury or death in a serious accident.

If you have a son or daughter who’s almost old enough to take a driver’s education and get a driver’s license, you’re probably looking into which car safety features are most reliable for your child’s first car. While safety ratings are a useful tool to look at, you also want to look at the safety features of the car. Knowing what safety features you need to look for and understanding how they operate is essential as you choose the right car for your needs.

The car accident attorneys at the Bellotti Law Group, P.C. in Boston discuss the top safety features in a car that you need in your car to mitigate injury and death risks.

A car accident may destroy your life. Your car can be damaged, leaving you unable to recover the losses you have endured. Also, you will need to decide if you are entitled to reimbursement for your losses. If you plan to take legal action against the other parties involved in the accident, the procedure can be difficult.

Personal injury claims in car accident cases also include procedures that you might not be familiar with. For example, depending on the particular situation of the case, you might be required to respond to interrogatories or to engage in a deposition. Undoubtedly, the personal injury claims process may require major decisions that can impact the amount of compensation that can be recovered. You will have to consider whether you can gain further from the settlement of your claim or whether to go to trial.

The car accident lawyers at the Bellotti Law Group P.C. in Massachusetts understand the correct course of action and explain the procedure of deposition following a car crash.

Understanding who was at fault in a car accident means finding out who was negligent and thus liable for causing the accident. Failure to take due care when driving a motor vehicle constitutes negligence.

There are also other important key considerations such as certain timelines that need to be looked after in a car accident case which the Boston car accident attorneys at the Bellotti Law Group, P.C. will further discuss. 

Reporting a Boston Car Accident

You may be faced with injuries ranging from mild bruises and cuts to life-changing injuries that require adaptation to a new way of life if you have been involved in a car accident in Massachusetts. Surgery, recovery and continuous treatment, and weeks or months off work after severe injuries can be expected for car accident injuries. Income losses when you are unable to work will cause financial hardship and contribute to the total injury losses.

You must understand your legal options if you have suffered a car accident caused by someone else in Boston or elsewhere in Massachusetts. Let us answer your questions about injuries and compensation from car accidents. You may be entitled to claim compensation for your medical costs, lost income, suffering and pain, and other damages. Contact a Boston car accident lawyer at Bellotti Law Group P.C. who will review the facts of your injuries and negotiate your legal rights to claim compensation.

Massachusetts Car Accident Statistics

Massachusetts car insurance policies and the rules governing them can be pretty confusing and complicated, particularly because the state requires your car insurance to be aligned with a “no-fault” system and also follow certain coverage limits. 

The experts at the Bellotti Law Group, P.C., shall advise and explain you on how insurance policies work and shall assist you if you have any questions or concerns.

Understanding Your Car Insurance Policy

Whether you’re a dog lover or someone who generally doesn’t like dogs, it is crucial to note that dogs have been a part of American life since the beginning and it will remain the same. We all cross paths with dogs more often than we think we do. Whether the dog is out for a walk, at the park, or even at home, there is always the risk that an encounter with a dog will go wrong.

If you or someone that you know got injured as a result of a dog bite in Cambridge, and Quincy, or anywhere else in Massachusetts, it is important that you have an understanding of the laws surrounding dog bites and know what to do when a dog bites.

Consequences of Dog Bites in Massachusetts:

Last month, a Boston, Massachusetts woman sustained life-ending personal injuries after falling five stories through a skylight on the roof of a South Boston office building, located at 281 Summer Street. Boston police and the Suffolk County district attorney’s office are now investigating the incident. Officer Eddy Chrispin told the Boston Globe that the fatal fall appeared to be accidental and likely did not involve drugs or alcohol. Boston police did note, however, that the building’s roof was not readily accessible to inhabitants. The Suffolk district attorney’s office refused to identify the victim of the fatal fall, noting only that she was in her early 20s. Thus far, no premises liability charges have been brought against the New Jersey-based owners of the building, Normandy Real Estate Partners. However, the company is cooperating with investigators in Massachusetts to determine the cause of the accident. Although this tragedy seems rare, it follows another fall through a skylight in Massachusetts this past spring, when a young man fell through a skylight on a roof in Brookline. In that case, the victim was more fortunate, sustaining only minor personal injuries.

According to Massachusetts state and federal law, building owners have a duty to keep their property reasonably safe and free of hazards that are known or should be known to potentially cause personal injury. Failure to maintain safe premises can result in liability for property owners and/or property management companies. The duty to secure property not only includes the removal or repair of hazards, but precluding access to unsafe areas, like building rooftops, if there exists an unreasonable risk of injury by entering the area. To avoid premises liability for personal injury and/or death, building owners are required to at least provide adequate warning of such dangers. If property owners or management companies have negligently failed to maintain safe premises or provide adequate warning, they can be held liable for any damages. Boston attorney Peter Bellotti notes that “often, visitors of property have no way of knowing about potential hazards that exist on the premises. Thus, by law, property owners, and possibly property management companies, have a duty to reasonably secure the premises to minimize the risk of personal injury. At the very least, adequate warnings should be given to safeguard against tragic accidents like this recent fall.”

Under Massachusetts state and federal law, the exact duty owed to injured parties on premises varies with the class of the victim. For social guests and customers of a business, a property possessor has a duty to protect from all conditions concealed from the guest and known in advance by the property possessor. In short, the possessor of property must protect visitors of his property from defects to the extent of a reasonably prudent person. Pursuant to this case, a reasonably prudent person would likely not allow visitors on the roof of an unsecured building. A landlord may also be responsible for breach of warranty of habitability if the property is not maintained up to building code. If there exists a breach of warranty, both tenants and their guests can potentially recover for injuries sustained on the property. These issues will have to be explored further to determine if there existed any liable at the hands of the property owners in this case.

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