What Are The Most Common Heavy Machinery Accidents?
According to a report by the Center for Construction Research and Training, vehicles and mobile heavy equipment are one of the most common sources of fatal construction injuries. This report found that between 1992 and 2010, there was an average of about 404 yearly deaths in accidents involving heavy machinery. When these deaths are reported, they may be classified into one of four categories:
- Struck by a vehicle or mobile equipment
- Caught in between parts of heavy equipment
- Other events (such as fires or explosions)
Regardless of how your accident may have occurred, all injured workers are entitled to one form of financial compensation or another. If the accident was your fault, you’re likely still eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. And if a negligent third party (like an independent contractor or equipment manufacturer) was responsible for your accident, you may have a strong case for a personal injury lawsuit.
How Do Preventable Heavy Machinery Accidents Happen?
Anyone who’s worked in construction knows that accidents involving heavy machinery have the potential to cause multiple serious injuries. In some cases, civilians outside of the construction site can also become the victims of injuries caused by the unsafe use of these powerful vehicles. Construction site managers, property owners, and everyone else involved in the use of heavy machinery has a duty to make sure these machines are operated safely and regularly inspected and maintained. The vast majority of heavy machinery accidents can be prevented as long as corners aren’t cut.
Some of the most common causes of preventable heavy machinery accidents include:
- Lack of proper training for operators of heavy machinery
- Inadequate inspection and maintenance routines
- Violations of accepted safety rules
- Defective equipment and parts
When one of these accidents does happen, it’s important to investigate the case thoroughly in order to determine how the accident occurred and how it could have been prevented. It’s common for the Department of Buildings and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to uncover multiple safety violations when investigating the scenes of accidents.
Your Options For Financial Compensation After A Construction Accident
If you were injured in a heavy machinery accident while working construction, you could have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit against negligent third parties. While most work injuries are exclusively covered under workers’ compensation, construction work sites are unique because of the complex makeup of the workforce. Many of these sites have workers from multiple employers working together – including different subcontractors and independent contractors. If your injury was caused by someone other than a co-worker or employer, you could hold them liable in a personal injury lawsuit. Additionally, equipment manufacturers can be held liable if defects in their products led to an accident. Our Bronx construction injury lawyers can help you understand your legal options in a free consultation.