Construction sites are dangerous work environments where falling, electrocution and other types of injuries are unfortunately common. One particularly prevalent source of danger at a construction site is the potential misuse of heavy equipment.
Federal OSHA reports 4,764 worker deaths in 2020, with a significant number of those deaths taking place in construction or related industries. You can protect yourself and others on a construction site by understanding the types of heavy equipment that can cause accidents when negligence is in play.
1. Crane accidents
Cranes are perhaps the most dangerous pieces of equipment on a construction site. Not only can they cause struck-by-an-object injuries, but it is common for extremely heavy objects to fall from a crane or for the entire vehicle to tip over due to imbalance and result in a crushing accident.
2. Backhoe accidents
Backhoe loaders are somewhat unique in that they carry a shovel in front and a bucket in the back, allowing for multiple directions in which an accident can occur. Other workers might pass behind a backhoe expecting to be safe, while a negligent operator might engage the rear mechanism without adequately checking for clearance.
3. Bulldozer accidents
Bulldozers are practically the symbol of construction due to their power and size, but these factors also make them dangerous. Bulldozer accidents can occur when poor operation or maintenance leads to rollovers or crushing incidents.
If you experience a heavy equipment accident on a construction site, it is important to exercise your right to legal action. Identifying the liable parties and pursuing compensation can help you pay for medical expenses and reclaim your livelihood.