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Construction Accidents Involving Heavy Machinery

By William Chanfrau, Jr. on March 28, 2015

An excavator at workThe lawyers of Chanfrau & Chanfrau have helped accidents victims and their families throughout Central Florida. The legal counsel and assistance we provide is crucial in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits, holding negligent parties accountable.

A number of serious accidents and severe injuries occur at construction sites, which is why we want to turn our attention to these matters, particularly with regard to incidents involving heavy machinery.

What is meant by the term "heavy machinery"?

Heavy machinery refers to various kinds of large vehicles that are intended to perform different kinds of earthwork operations, such as digging, lifting, and manipulating large quantities of soil, mud, and loose rocks.

Examples of Heavy Machinery

Some examples of heavy machinery common to the construction industry include:

  • Backhoes
  • Bulldozers
  • Excavators
  • Trenchers
  • Wheel loaders
  • Graders
  • Tractors

Reasons Heavy Equipment Accidents Might Occur

There are many reasons why heavy equipment accidents may occur.

Sometimes driver/operator error is involved. In such instances, the heavy equipment is being used by an inexperienced worker who has not had the proper training to use said vehicle, making them a danger to themselves and others. Striking, crushing, or pinning a fellow worker may occur in these tragic cases. If the vehicle is working close to a trench or ledge, it's also possible for it fall off or rollover.

Poor vehicle maintenance is also a potential cause of injury and accidents. In these cases, the heavy equipment may be improperly serviced, making it a danger to the person in the vehicle and others near it.

How Heavy Equipment Accidents Can Be Avoided

To avoid heavy equipment accidents, it's of the utmost importance that all workers tasked with operating heavy machinery are properly trained. They should be familiar with the machinery they are operating and have the right licensing in place as well. Workers should be attentive at all times to help prevent potential mishaps at the workplace.

The supervisors of various worksites need to keep their heavy equipment maintenanced regularly to ensure it is as safe as possible. Supervisors should also consider the state of the worksite and address any potential hazards wherever they may be.

How Our Attorneys Can Help Injury Victims and Their Loves Ones

Our legal team will help construction accident workers and their loved ones in their time of legal need. We will fight diligently to ensure that they receive just compensation to cover the cost of medical bills, lost wages, and the loss of future earnings due to disability. If a construction accident resulted in the death of a loved one, we will fight to ensure that funerary costs and other losses are covered by the negligent party.

Our legal team can also assist workers who are wrongfully denied workers compensation benefits after a serious heavy equipment accident. These benefits can make a major difference following a serious accident, which is why we will assist workers in making their claims go through.

Speak with the Lawyers of Chanfrau & Chanfrau

To learn more about your legal options following a serious accident at a construction site or industrial workplace of any kind, be sure to contact the lawyers at our personal injury law firm today. The attorneys of Chanfrau & Chanfrau will fight for you and your legal rights every step of the way.

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