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Accidents Involving Heavy Machinery

By Matthew Golitko on December 13, 2013

Accidents Involving Heavy MachineryThere are many dangers out there on worksites and constructions sites. Given these matters, it's important that workers who are injured while on the job receive just compensation for any injuries that are sustained. When you are denied workers' compensation or when the accident involves gross negligence on the part of your employer or another party, it's a good idea to seek help from our legal team.

Right now our workplace injury lawyers would like to focus on some of the dangers that are related to heavy equipment and machinery. These can be especially harmful given the nature of the equipment.

The Dangers of Heavy Equipment and Machinery

Whether it's a vehicle or a just a large machine intended to do major tasks, heavy machinery poses a number of dangers to workers. The most obvious reason for this is the size and weight of the equipment involved. Should a worker be injured by these pieces of machinery, the injuries can be extremely severe. Broken bones, serious lacerations, neck injuries, spinal cord injuries, and significant brain trauma are all possible.

Getting Pinned / Crushed By Equipment

One especially painful kind of heavy equipment accident involves being pinned under the heavy equipment. If a machine is not properly secured or is driven/operated recklessly, it can fall over and crush a worker. Even if not from a significant height, the injuries sustained can be life-altering.

Construction Vehicle Rollovers

When using bulldozers, backhoes, forklifts, or wheel loaders, there is a potential chance of rollover. This tends to be an issue when the vehicle approaches inclines. These kinds of accidents can result in major injury to the vehicle driver as well as anyone nearby.

Falling Heavy Equipment

Heavy machinery can sometimes fall into pits or trenches in which people are working. This leads to serious crushing and pinning injuries if anyone is caught beneath this heavy equipment. These kinds of construction accidents are among the most severe.

Mechanical Failure of Industrial Equipment

There have been a number of cases where cranes have buckled due to poor manufacturing/design or being forced to carry loads that are too heavy. When this occurs, anyone in the vicinity of the crane can be seriously hurt as the crane arm fails and collapses. Similar issues can befall other kinds of heavy equipment.

Potential Fatalities from Heavy Machinery

As noted above, it's no surprise that fatalities can occur given the size and weight of these vehicles and the dangers they pose given an incident. Should any death occur as a result of a heavy machine, an investigation must be launched right away so that the responsible party can be held accountable as soon as possible.

How Our Legal Team Can Help

Our lawyers have years of experience fighting for the rights of workers and their loved ones. We will make sure that injury victims are properly compensated and that their loved ones are similarly given just compensation for any losses sustained.

Learn More About Workplace Injury Litigation

For more information about workplace injuries and how our attorneys can help you, be sure to contact our worker personal injury lawyers in Indianapolis and Kokomo, Indiana today. Our team will help you receive just compensation from any losses and hardship that you sustained.

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