Backhoes and loaders reduce the hard manual labor of workers in many different industries, such as farming, commercial and residential construction, and road building. Backhoes are often utilized at construction sites to excavate and dig holes and trenches. However, they are heavy and complex pieces of machinery that can cause employees to suffer catastrophic injuries and deaths.
Eight Causes of Injuries With Backhoes and Loaders
Because of their height and length, backhoes and loaders are more prone to be involved in accidents. Safety equipment, training, maintenance, and personal fall protection systems are essential when operating these machines. Common reasons these accidents occur include:
- Overturns can be caused when going uphill on a steep slope or going too fast downhill.
- Loaders could overturn when they are loaded if the bucket is raised too high—especially on uneven ground and when the loader is turning.
- Poor maintenance and work practices, like leaving shields off or wearing loose clothing, can result in accidents.
- Hitting an object, such as a ditch, stump, or hole, while the machine is moving can cause it to overturn or the operator or other passenger to fall off and be run over.
- When a worker is mounting or dismounting the machinery, he can slip and fall on the platform or steps or fall out of the bucket that is being used to transport or lift another worker.
- The loader or its load can fall onto an employee when inadequate ropes, cables, or chains to lift objects are used.
- An overturn can occur if the soil being excavated is unstable or the backhoe is being operated too close to a steep bank or excavation.
- When backhoes and loaders are being transported, they need to be tied down properly to prevent accidents. In addition, failure to have proper lights and slow-moving vehicle signs can also contribute to an accident.
If you were injured in a backhoe or loader accident, you could be entitled to your lost wages and medical bills from your employer under New Jersey’s workers’ compensation. However, you need to contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible to not miss the deadline to file a claim. Start an online chat today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.