Construction Site Runover/Backover Accidents
Catastrophic job site run over accidents are a common occurrence given the significant amount of heavy equipment used at construction sites. These accidents frequently result in serious injuries or even fatalities.
639 workers were kill at road construction sites between 2003 and 2007. Off the 639 fatalities, 305 involved the worker being hit by a motor vehicle or some form of mobile construction equipment. Of those 305 workers 38% were killed by construction equipment while 33% were killed by cars, trucks etc. 100 of the workers that dies were construction laborers while 37 were highway maintenance workers. Flaggers accounted for 38 of the 305 work-related deaths. Roughly 10% were killed when they were hit by a truck backing up. Usually a dump truck
There are numerous federal and state laws that employers, contractors and equipment operators must make sure to follow. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has created a variety of regulations to reduce the number of workers that are involved in serious heavy equipment accidents. In accordance with these regulations, operators must be properly trained on how to use heavy equipment in addition to what safety measures should be used at construction sites. Some of the heavy equipment that can result in these types of accidents include:
- Dump Trucks
- Skid Steers and Bobcats
- Front End Loaders
Accidents involving construction workers that are run over by equipment can occur for a variety of reasons. Some of the most common causes include the following:
- Carelessness. Some operators of heavy equipment at construction sites can maneuver heavy equipment in a careless manner which can result in serious injuries and even fatalities.
- Inadequate Communication. A common cause of these types of accident is poor communication between the operator of the vehicle and bystanders at the construction site.
- Blind Spot. Reduced visibility for a heavy equipment operator can greatly increase the chances of a serious accident occurring. The larger the vehicle the larger the blind spot. Truck drivers are usually seated high above the ground which limits visibility. Operators should know all of their blind spots. These blind spots are very hazardous because most workers perform job duties near moving vehicles
“Backing” presents one of the greatest risks to construction workers that are working on foot. Employers should make sure the following steps are followed in order to allow for safebacking in work zones:
- The construction site should be arranged so as to minimize the need for backing;
- The job site should have designated areas where backing occurs;
- There needs to be clear communication between drivers and workers on foot that backing is about to happen. Trucks should have working backup alarms in order to warn workers on foot. Trucks drivers should also have spotters.
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There are many types of injuries that injured workers sustain if they are run over by equipment which includes the following:
- Bone Fractures
- Internal Bleeding
- Internal Organ Damage
- Lacerations and Bruising
- Loss of Limbs
- Permanent Disfigurement
- Spinal Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
Our Brockton workers’ compensation attorneys are able to secure the following benefits for injured workers and their families when workers sustain injuries for 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.
If you or a loved one is injured in a equipment back-over accident, it is a wise idea to obtain the assistance of a skilled Boston Construction Site Run-Over Accident Lawyer. Our Boston Work Injury lawyers represent 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 Somervill
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