Heavy Equipment Can Lead to Severe Construction Accidents and Injuries By Steve Charpentier on April 14, 2016

Heavy equipment and machinery at a construction siteThe lawyers at Charpentier Law Firm have helped countless injury victims and their loved ones seek justice following serious harm or injuries. Serving Melbourne and surrounding communities, we have years of experience with regard to work injury lawsuits and cases involving construction accidents. This goes for incidents involving workers as well as passersby.

Some of the most dangerous kinds of injuries involve problems with heavy equipment. Let's take a moment to consider these sorts of incidents and why they have to be taken seriously.

Defining the Term "Heavy Equipment"

Also known as heavy machinery, heavy equipment is use for major construction and earthwork tasks. Only by using heavy equipment can large amounts of dirt and soil be moved. Heavy equipment is also used to help erects or demolish structures and hoist or haul objects around the worksite.

Examples of Heavy Equipment

The following vehicles are typically classified as heavy equipment:

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

Given the size and cumbersome handling on many of these vehicles, they can post a number of dangers to construction workers as well as pedestrians, passersby, and motorists. Workers and construction companies must be sensible and extremely safe when any of this heavy machinery is in use. When negligence leads to injury, that's when having an attorney on your side can be crucial.

Issues with Inexperienced Workers Operating the Equipment

There are some cases in which inexperienced workers are allowed to handle heavy equipment. Given the complexities and challenges of using these vehicles, the driver poses a threat to themselves as well as others simply from sheet lack of experience.

Whenever someone is tasked with operating heavy machinery, it's important that they be properly trained. This should be verified by fellow co-workers at the worksite.

Poor Vehicle Maintenance Issues

In some cases, the issue isn't with the driver of the heavy equipment but rather the heavy equipment itself. The wear and tear on the heavy equipment can affect overall function and safety, which is why it's important that this machinery is regularly serviced and inspected.

When construction companies or companies that rent out heavy equipment fail to inspect their vehicles or perform proper maintenance, the chances of a serious accident increase.

Collisions with Heavy Equipment

Though not designed for lengthy travel, it's not uncommon for heavy equipment to be present on the road. This is true when there is road work being performed and construction projects on or near major thoroughfares. Yet with crowded roads and large vehicles in the way, it's possible to be involved in a collision with heavy equipment.

Construction companies need to make sure that warning signs are posted when major work is being performed. Similarly, it's imperative that a worker be designated to regulate the flow of traffic so the heavy equipment can pass on the road safely without posing a hazard to others.

Speak with the Attorneys of Charpentier Law Firm

To learn more about your legal options with regard to construction accidents and other serious work mishaps, be sure to contact our team of personal injury lawyers today. The legal team at Charpentier Law Firm will help you in your time of legal need.

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