Heavy Equipment Accidents On Worksites Can Be Prevented

by Terry Bryant

Construction sites, industrial facilities, oil platforms and shipping centers make regular use of heavy equipment, and accidents are a real possibility if proper safety measures are not maintained. Workers must be thoroughly trained, machinery regularly inspected and safety procedures observed by management personnel. This sounds like a simple formula, but many worksites ignore them outright. This puts workers in harm’s way, often resulting in severe injuries.

Heavy equipment accidents involve machinery like bulldozers, excavators, backhoes, earth movers, dump trucks, cranes, forklifts, cement mixers and backhoes. When machines like these are involved in an incident, they typically cause severe crushing injuries that can permanently disable a worker. Equipment failure, poorly trained operators, a lack of maintenance, inattention by an operator and poorly marked work areas are all common underlying reasons for incidents, and they can all be prevented. For example, work sites must clearly mark paths that forklifts are allowed to travel on, and if this is not provided, a forklift may make a sharp turn around a blind corner and strike a worker.

Crushing injuries typically result in broken bones, internal bleeding, organ failure and serious complications like paralysis or traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Moderate or severe TBIs often render a victim unable to continue working and even independent living in some circumstances.

If you or a loved one has been hurt due to the negligence of others, consider the services of a personal injury attorney. With experienced legal assistance, a victim can ensure their medical expenses and physical therapy is covered.