Construction workers, factory workers, and people in other industries where heavy equipment is used face risks of serious injuries or death at their workplaces. We rely on large machinery to perform many functions like moving inventory, concrete steel beams, and other heavy objects, excavating, and drilling. While they are time-saving tools, these machines can also be dangerous for the workers who must operate them. Large machinery involved in workplace accidents include:
- Large hydraulic tools
- Front end and backhoe loaders
- Dump trucks
- Asphalt pavers
Five Common Ways Construction Equipment Accidents Occur
Workplace accidents involving machinery happen for many reasons. Some common dangers associated with working with these machines include:
- Backing-up accidents. Operators driving heavy machinery often cannot see those around them when backing up, causing accidents. If the machinery does not have warning lights or an alarm, nearby workers may not realize the machinery is moving, with deadly results.
- Machine entanglement. This can include a worker getting clothing, jewelry, fingers, and hair caught in machinery parts or finding himself crushed or pinned down by a machine, such as a forklift.
- Falling objects. Often heavy vehicles, such as cranes and trucks, are involved in these types of accidents. Workers who are hit by large objects can suffer head injuries or other life-threatening injuries.
- Equipment collisions. An operator can accidentally collide with hard objects or other machinery on a factory floor or at a construction site with disastrous results.
- Defective machinery. Some accidents occur when the machinery is designed or manufactured improperly. This can lead to problems with load capacity, balancing ability, electrical wiring, braking, and other malfunctions that cause serious accidents. In this situation, a worker may have a claim against the manufacturer of the machinery.
Because these machines are so large, workers involved in these accidents can suffer devastating injuries like paralysis, loss of limbs, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries, back injuries, and death. However, the legal team at Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr., LLC can help you determine who is responsible for your injuries and advise you on the benefits you could be entitled to under workers’ compensation and other laws.
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