Construction, farming, and other professions often require the use of large, heavy equipment, which can lead to accidents and devastating injuries. Heavy equipment accidents can be caused by malfunction, improper upkeep, and other negligent reasons. Our attorneys at Golitko & Daly will work to determine the cause of injury or death. Attorneys Matthew M. Golitko and John P. Daly, Jr. will consult with you about accidents involving heavy equipment at our Kokomo and Indianapolis, IN, practice.
Heavy Equipment Accidents
Due to the size and weight of the large machines, construction or farming accidents involving heavy equipment can be devastating for those involved. There are three common types of equipment that can cause significant injuries.
A bulldozer is a form of tractor that is equipped with a metal plate or blade that is used to push large quantities of various materials. Bulldozers are often used to dig out trees, spread dirt and rocks, and make the ground level. Injuries can occur when the operator falls off a bulldozer, the machine tips or rolls, or the vehicle collides with another object. Other workers can also be injured if they are run over or get too close to the moving parts of the bulldozer.
A backhoe is a tractor with a scoop bucket on the end of a long arm, commonly used to dig and excavate dirt, rocks, and other materials. Backhoes are complex and powerful machines and require operators to follow strict safety procedures. Failure to do so can put the operator and other workers at risk. The most common backhoe accidents arise from: workers being hit by the backhoe arm; workers being run over by the treads; rollovers; falls from equipment; the backhoe sliding into ditches and trenches; and, the bucket hitting live wires and causing electrocution.
An excavator is a large construction vehicle that is used to dig or move large objects. It has two main parts: an operator cabin and a long boom arm with a bucket at the end. Construction site excavator injuries typically occur when: a worker is hit by the quick-disconnect bucket; a worker is struck by the boom or another component; a worker is run over by the excavator; the equipment rolls over; the excavator hits a live electrical wire; or, the excavator slides into a ditch or trench.
Causes of Injuries
Injuries from heavy equipment can occur for many reasons. The equipment supplier may not have completed proper upkeep or performed required safety inspections. The owner, general contractor, or subcontractor at the construction site may not have ensured that safety rules, regulations, and protocol were established or being followed. Proper training may not have been given to equipment operators. Basic human error on the part of the operator or a nearby worker can also cause an accident. In addition, equipment may have been designed or manufactured improperly leading to product failure.
The experienced attorneys at Golitko & Daly can help you and your family get on the road to recovery. We will work tirelessly to build your case and gather all necessary facts and evidence.
If safety rules are ignored, human error occurred, or equipment was defective, negligence may be established and the responsible parties can be held liable for any injuries that took place. Serious injuries that can result from accidents involving heavy equipment include traumatic brain injury, amputation of limbs, crush injuries, spinal cord injuries, and even death. These injuries can be life-changing for the injured worker and their family.
How Golitko & Daly Can Help
If you have been injured on the job, it is important to seek expert legal counsel as quickly as possible. The experienced attorneys at Golitko & Daly can help you and your family get on the road to recovery. We will work tirelessly to build your case and gather all necessary facts and evidence. Once the cause of injury has been established, our attorneys will work on your behalf to maximize any workers’ compensation benefits, social security disability benefits, and any other monetary awards to which you may be owed.
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Our team is dedicated to helping workers and their families recover after a workplace accident. If you or a loved one has been injured by a heavy equipment accident, contact our office today to schedule a consultation with one of our expert attorneys.