Heavy equipment and machinery like cranes, backhoes, bobcats, bulldozers, dump trucks and forklifts play a major role on any construction site. However, when one of these machines malfunctions due to a bad design or negligent maintenance, the workers are the ones who pay the price, and it usually comes in the form of severe injuries or even death. Those in charge of the construction site are responsible for providing a safe workplace by enforcing safety procedures and standards, and this includes maintenance checks on every piece of equipment on the site. If bad design causes the equipment failure, the manufacturer can be held liable.
Workers can get injured by heavy equipment in several ways:
- Getting caught between vehicles, or ran over while backing up
- Getting struck by falling objects
- Slipping and falling when mounting the machine
- Getting caught and dragged along
These can be the result of improper usage due to lack of training, or to a malfunction. In both cases, the responsible party can be held liable.
Workers can suffer serious injuries due to heavy equipment failure. Most commonly these injuries include:
- Bone fractures
- Brain injuries
- Back and neck injuries
- Internal damage
- Fatal injuries
At O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm, we try to raise awareness about the safety issues of working with heavy equipment on construction sites. If you have been injured in a heavy equipment accident, we can help you investigate your case and make sure your damages are fairly compensated.