Backhoe Accidents and Injuries
Our Massachusets workers’ compensation attorneys are able to secure the following benefits for injured workers and their families when workers sustain injuries for backhoe accidents that occur within the scope of the workers employment: Partial disability benefits, temporary total disability benefits, permanent and total disability benefits, death benefits, scarring and disfigurement benefits.
Backhoes are extremely powerful pieces of heavy machinery that serve a variety of purposes. Some startling statistics exist about the rate at which backhoe accidents occur, involving the following details:
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health review of the Bureau of Labor Statistics data found that 346 deaths associated with backhoes occurred during 1992 to 200.
Common Causes of Backhoe Accidents
There are numerous reasons why backhoe accidents occur, but most accidents usually involve the following:
- Backhoes sliding into trenches.
- Backhoe colliding with live wires and causing electrocution injuries.
- Rollovers of backhoes.
- Workers are run over by a backhoe.
- Workers collide with a backhoe arm.
Critical Safety Precautions For Safe Backhoe Operation
There are some important safety precautions that employers and workers must keep in mind when operating a backhoe, which include the following:
- Adequately maintain backhoes and perform all necessary repairs.
- Avoid excessive load capacities when lifting materials with a backhoe.
- Do not let workers stand too close to the backhoe.
- Identify power lines with which a worker can collide.
- Make sure that operators are properly trained on how to use a backhoe.
- Provide workers on foot near the backhoe with highly visible
- Review communication methods between the backhoe operator and workers on foot.
How the Use of Spotters Can Help Prevent Backhoe Injuries
Another wise safety precaution is to use spotters when backhoes are in operation. Spotters can help prevent accidents with nearby workers who might be on foot and not immediately visible to the backhoe operators. Although this safety method can help protect nearby individuals, spotters are often at risk of being struck by the backhoe. As a result, if a spotter is used, it is wise to practice some additional safety precautions. These precautions should establish an agreed on method and means for communication between the backhoe operator and the spotter. Spotters must also take measures to remain visible to the backhoe operator including avoiding any type of activity that might distract the spotter, wearing high visibility clothing, and making sure that a visible connection always exists between the backhoe operator and the spotter.
Massachusetts Backhoe Accident Workers’ Compensation Claims Attorneys
Our Brockton workers’ compensation attorneys are able to secure the following benefits for injured workers and their families when workers sustain injuries for backhoe accidents that occur within the scope of the workers employment:
- Partial Disability Benefits
- Temporary Total Disability Benefits
- Permanent and Total Disability Benefits
- Death Benefits
- Scarring and Disfigurement Benefits
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If you or a loved one is injured in a backhoe accident, it is a wise idea to obtain the assistance of a skilled Boston work injury lawyer. The Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan are a group of Massachusetts work accident lawyers with over 35 years of legal experience. Our legal counsel has helped individuals who have been injured in a number of work site accidents including ladder fall accidents. Call our Massachusetts Backhoe Accident Attorney today for a free consultation.
Our Boston Backhoe Run-over Injury Lawyer represents the residents of Plymouth County including Brockton, Plymouth, Bridgewater, Marshfield, Hingham, Duxbury, Wareham, Abington, Rockland, Whitman, Hanson, Middleborough; Norfolk County including Quincy, Stoughton, Dedham, Weymouth, Braintree, Avon, Holbrook, Randolph, Canton, Sharon, Brookline, Franklin; Bristol County including New Bedford, Fall River, Taunton, Attleboro, Mansfield, Easton, Raynham, Norton; Cape Cod, Falmouth, Barnstable and the Greater Boston area including Cambridge, Lynn, Revere, Everett, Lawrence, Dorchester, Roxbury and Somerville
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