Heavy Machinery Construction Accidents
Representing Injured Victims of Construction Accidents in Maryland
The number of accidents sustained while working on construction sites is, unfortunately, all too high. According to recent statistics provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, approximately 4,405 employees in the United States were severely injured or killed on the job last year. These numbers increase significantly in the construction industry.
Construction jobs are inherently dangerous jobs, simply because of the equipment involved. Heavy machinery and pieces of equipment that are used on construction sites, including diggers, cranes, earth movers, bulldozers, and trucks, all have inherent dangers associated with them. Along with these dangers comes the potential for sustaining serious injuries.
If you have sustained injuries in a construction accident that was caused by heavy machinery, you may be entitled to monetary compensation, either through workers’ compensation or by filing a third-party claim for damages in Maryland. The Maryland workers’ compensation and personal injury lawyers at Alpert Schreyer, LLC – Injury Attorneys can discuss the facts and circumstances of your case with you and help you obtain the monetary compensation to which you may be entitled.
OSHA regulations cover many aspects of heavy machinery operation on construction sites. These regulations also provide some specific guidelines for more specialized types of cranes, hoists, conveyors, elevators, and other heavy construction equipment. OSHA safety violations have serious consequences and can potentially lead to hefty fines, construction site shutdowns, and civil liability on the part of the developer, construction company, or both.
Common Reasons for Heavy Machinery Construction Accidents
Many construction accidents occur because supervisors or others present on the job site do something that is careless, reckless, or negligent. Some examples include:
- Inadequate preplanning
- Providing a weak structural foundation for construction equipment
- Electrical hazards
- Improper training and experience
- Untrained or incompetent site supervisors or superintendents
- Improper equipment setup
- Incorrect equipment selected for the project
Risks and Dangers Associated With Heavy Machinery Construction Accidents
Construction activities, which involve heavy machinery, present serious risks and dangers to equipment operators and construction workers. Some of those risks and dangers include the following:
- Operating dangers – Heavy construction equipment, such as cranes, forklifts, diggers, vehicles, and other machines and tools, consist of heavy parts and inherent operational dangers which have the potential to cause serious injuries on-site.
- Electrocution – Heavy construction equipment is powered by electricity, and as a result, construction workers are in close proximity to electrical wires on an almost-daily basis. Consequently, these workers constantly expose themselves to potentially faulty wiring and electrocution, which may cause burn injuries and other significant injuries, including death.
- Defective construction equipment – When on-the-job construction equipment is defective or damaged, serious injuries and damages may result to construction workers. Construction equipment and parts can also malfunction, as with machine parts that are loosely fastened, or equipment that is not properly maintained or repaired. In some instances, however, these injuries are preventable. Construction workers should always look for loose parts on the machinery and equipment that they operate, as well as for signs of rust, deterioration, or other damage.
- Falls – Heavy construction is equipment is often big and situated high up off the ground. As a result, slip-and-fall accidents are likely to occur around heavy construction equipment. Construction workers who sustain slip-and-fall injuries while on the job can sustain serious and catastrophic injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, broken bones, and soft tissue injuries.
- Transportation Accidents – Heavy machinery at construction sites can also include large dump trucks, diggers, cranes and other equipment. Construction workers who drive and operate construction vehicles run the risk of being involved in a collision and sustaining serious injuries while on the job.
If you have sustained injuries in a heavy machinery construction accident, the Maryland workers’ compensation and personal injury lawyers at Alpert Schreyer, LLC – Injury Attorneys can review your case with you and help guide you through the legal process.
Steps You Should Take After Being Injured on the Job
Injuries on construction sites can be serious and potentially catastrophic. If you have sustained injuries in a heavy machinery construction accident, you should take the following actions in order to help maximize your recovery:
- Report the accident to your employer or your employer’s representative as soon as possible after the accident—but in no case, longer than 30 days after sustaining your injuries. If you wait more than 30 days to report your injuries to your employer, your claim may be denied.
- Make sure your employer reports the accident to its insurance company.
- Be on the lookout for an information brochure form the insurance company setting forth your rights and responsibilities under Maryland workers’ compensation law.
- Immediately seek medical care and treatment for the injuries that you sustained in your accident.
While you are seeking medical care for the injuries you sustained in the accident, you should not have to pay for your own medical bills. Instead, you employer should submit all medical bills to its insurance company, and those medical bills should be covered.
Types of Injuries Sustained in Maryland Construction Accidents
Injuries sustained in heavy machinery construction accidents in Maryland can be serious and potentially deadly. Common injuries sustained by construction accident victims include:
- Crush injuries
- Exposure to dangerous and toxic chemicals
- Fall injuries
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) from falls sustained as a result of working on large and heavy equipment
Contact a Maryland Workers’ Compensation and Personal Injury Attorney Today for a Free Legal Consultation and Case Evaluation
If you have sustained an injury while on the job in a heavy construction accident, you may be able to pursue monetary recovery through workers’ compensation and/or by filing a third-party claim. You may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, regardless of fault, assuming that you were injured while on the job and while acting within the scope of your employment. The experienced attorneys at Alpert Schreyer, LLC – Injury Attorneys can help you pursue damages in your case that will make you whole. To schedule a free case evaluation and case evaluation with a Maryland workers’ compensation and personal injury lawyer, please Call us today at (844) 632-7274, or contact us online.