Anyone who has ever worked in the construction trades knows that a construction site is a dangerous work environment that can result in catastrophic injuries and even wrongful death. There are approximately 150,000 construction site accident injuries each year with one in ten construction workers suffering a workplace-related injury. Construction has long been the most dangerous workplace setting for workers with over 1,200 construction workers suffering fatal accidents in a typical year. While there are a multitude of dangerous hazards at a typical construction site, dangers posed by heavy machinery are one of the most serious hazards. Construction workers must deal with dangerous heavy machinery on a daily basis including power tools, bulldozers, cranes, forklifts, and dump trucks.
Because of the danger posed by heavy machinery on a construction site, construction workers must pay extra attention around such equipment. It is important to make sure that heavy machinery is functioning correctly and kept well maintained. Industrial work-related injuries rank third amongst the most common types of workplace injuries. Eighty percent of such accidents result from the use or operation of heavy machinery and equipment. Not only are construction accidents involving heavy machinery common, but they also tend to result in very severe injuries or even wrongful death because of the size, weight and power of such machinery.
A construction worker who uses heavy equipment can take certain basic precautions to avoid being involved in a serious construction accident including the following:
- Immediately cease using heavy equipment that is not functioning properly
- Put management on notice of any heavy equipment that is malfunctioning
- Always wear safety equipment including a hard hat, goggles, work boots, reflective vests
- Always avoid walking on areas that have elevated machinery carrying a weighty load without strong and solid support
- Keep the construction site clear of unauthorized personnel who are unfamiliar with construction workplace hazards
The sheer size of the equipment itself makes a construction workplace more dangerous. Other factors that often play a role in construction accidents involving heavy equipment and machinery include inadequate company training, co-worker negligence, defectively designed or manufactured machinery, or poorly maintained equipment. Statistics show that some construction, landscaping, and farm equipment also is more commonly involved in causing injuries resulting from heavy machinery accidents. Specifically, machinery manufactured by John Deere, Case, Chase Bobcat, Caterpillar, and Volvo has caused catastrophic injuries and fatalities in recent years.
Our Kansas City area personal injury law firm represents workers from a broad spectrum of industries and occupations, including the construction, agriculture (farming) and manufacturing industries whom have been injured by heavy machinery on the job site. We are prepared to represent you and seek compensation for serious injuries such as third-degree burns, amputations, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and other serious injuries caused by any heavy machinery including cranes, backhoe loaders, dump trucks, excavators, forklifts, front end loaders, pavers and tractors.
If you or someone you love has suffered serious injuries or wrongful death caused by a heavy machinery accident, an experienced heavy machinery attorney can help you and your family obtain the legal compensation that you deserve.
Michael R. Lawless, P.A., Attorney at Law provides a free consultation, including evenings and weekends by appointment, at our Lenexa, Kansas or Grandview, Missouri offices. Our office in Lenexa is off of I-35 from 87th or 95th in Old Town at 93rd and Pflumm. Our Grandview office is conveniently located at the main street exit off of 71 Highway, next to Captain D’s. Call Kansas City personal injury lawyer Michael Lawless today at 1-800-734-3771, 913-681-5566 or 816-966-0099.