Construction Equipment Accident Prevention – Improper Lane of Travel


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Improper Lane of Travel at Construction Sites Leads to Equipment Accidents

Tip over or tilt accidents, as well as accidents when a worker is struck by or crushed by large equipment or vehicles, tend to occur due to the failure to provide a safe path of travel for the given equipment. For example, there is an increased likelihood of accidents when forklifts are allowed to travel in worker walking areas.

OSHA regulation 1926.602(a)(3)(i) specifically states:

No employer shall move or cause to be moved construction equipment or vehicles upon any access roadway or grade unless the access roadway or grade is constructed and maintained to accommodate safely the movement of the equipment and vehicles involved.

Construction sites are dangerous places for workers and innocent bystanders alike. The recent Philadelphia demolition accident case is a tragic example of that. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) applies to all kinds of different work sites, including construction sites.

Crane on work construction siteOSHA does not provide compliance checks unless a complaint is made. Therefore, work safety largely remains with the contractors at the site, and in many cases, compliance with OSHA regulations is time-consuming and costly. At any given construction site, it is pretty common to see several OSHA violations. When OSHA regulations are ignored, accidents occur, especially those involving large equipment.

When construction equipment is involved, accidents are often fatal. Crush injuries, spine injuries, and head injuries are also likely to occur. Common types of construction equipment which are involved in accidents include:

  • forklifts,
  • cranes,
  • lifts,
  • loaders,
  • pavers, and
  • excavators.

Workers who are injured in accidents involving construction equipment may be entitled to receive financial compensation in addition to, or on top of, workers compensation benefits. Negligence claims may be successful against contractors as well as equipment manufacturers. Therefore, it is best to discuss a potential construction equipment accident case with a work accident lawyer as soon as possible.


About Pennsylvania and New Jersey Work Accident Lawyer, Jeff Laffey

Jeff Laffey is passionate about workers’ rights and accident safety. Jeff’s law firm proudly represents union and nonunion workers, such as:

  • carpenters,
  • plumbers,
  • electricians,
  • steel workers,
  • iron workers, and
  • laborers.

To submit your case for review by our Pennsylvania and New Jersey workplace and construction accident lawyers, call Click To Call. Our lawyers are available for a free, no obligation legal consultation, and can obtain special admission in other states, such as New York or Delaware, on a case by case basis by working with local counsel. Our firm welcomes calls from local counsel to discuss a construction/worksite accident case.

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