A Look at Two Construction Equipment Accidents


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Heavy equipment operators carry a great responsibility, due to potential for injury posed by use of equipment like:

  • bulldozers,
  • loaders,
  • excavators,
  • rollers,
  • forklifts, and
  • commercial trucks/vehicles.

A common cause of accidents at construction sites and other worksites, such as loading docks, marine terminals, etc. is failure to designate proper lanes of travel for heavy equipment. Whether it’s the general contractor, the owner in charge of the site or a subcontractor responsible for operating the equipment, failure to designate proper lanes of travel can lead to pedestrian accidents and tip-over accidents.

Example 1: A worker is struck by a forklift, which was carrying a load that obstructed the forklift operator’s view. There was no designated path for the forklift, and the operator was not trained properly. Hence, why he operated the forklift with a load which obstructed his view.

In addition to designating proper lanes of travel, simple things like wearing a seatbelt and proper training can prevent accidents.

Example 2: A construction worker was driving a front-end loader up a dirt ramp onto a lowboy trailer. The tractor  began to slide off the trailer and started to tip over. The operator, who was not wearing his seat belt, jumped from the cab. He was crushed by the rollover protective structure.

Construction site workers who are injured in accidents involving construction equipment may have valid claims against parties such as a subcontractor or equipment manufacturer. The laws of Pennsylvania and New Jersey allow negligence claims in construction accident cases, in addition to any workers’ compensation claim.


About Pennsylvania and New Jersey Construction 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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