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Update: Altec Recalls D-Series Digger Derricks Over Injury Risk

Altec is recalling the following digger derricks set up for combined use and equipped with radio remote upper controls:

  • 2016-2020 Altec DH-B Series Digger Derricks
  • 2016-2020 Altec DH-E Series Digger Derricks
  • 2016-2020 Altec D3000-E Digger Derricks

“These units only have the derrick use capacity chart and do not have the combined use capacity chart,” NHTSA said. “The operator may not have access to the rated capacity information while they are operating the equipment in combined use, increasing the risk of an injury.”

This recall began in March 2021.

What’s the Problem?

Altec Industries Inc. is recalling certain Digger Derricks and Aerial Devices over a potential defect that could cause the pedestal to separate from the turntable, increasing the risk of severe injuries or death to the operator and others nearby. According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), this recall affects:

  • 2018-2020 Altec D2 Digger Derrick
  • 2018-2020 Altec D3 Digger Derrick
  • 2018-2020 Altec D4 Digger Derrick
  • 2018-2020 Altec DH-B Digger Derrick
  • 2018-2020 Altec DH-H Digger Derrick
  • 2018-2020 Altec AA55 Aerial Device
  • 2018-2020 Altec AM50 Aerial Device
  • 2018-2020 Altec A77 Aerial Device

The bolts that secure the pedestal to the turntable (with head marking 5185) on affected Digger Derricks may fail, NHTSA said. If the fasteners break, the pedestal may separate from the turntable, increasing the risk of injury or death.

Altec is notifying owners and dealers will provide replacement fasteners if necessary, free of charge. This recall began on July 7, 2020.

Bunt v. Altec Industries

In July 1995, a man who was allegedly severely injured when an Altec Digger Derrick he was using malfunctioned filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer in the Northern District of New York.

The incident occurred when the plaintiff, Bernard C. Bunt, Jr., was aloft in the bucket of an Altec digger derrick while working as a lineman for Otsego Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Bunt elevated the bucket to a point located on a power line pole when the controls became tangled in the power wires, causing the bucket to break free from the boom of the digger derrick and fall approximately 35 feet to the ground. As a result, Bunt sustained severe and permanent injuries to his right foot, according to the lawsuit.

Bunt subsequently filed a lawsuit against Altec citing jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1332. The complaint maintained claims for negligence, breach of warranty, and strict product liability. Also included in the complaint was a claim for loss of consortium on behalf of the plaintiff Laura L. Bunt.

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What Is an Altec Digger Derrick?

An Altec digger derrick is specialized truck-mounted equipment used in construction and utility industries to dig holes, set poles, and lift heavy materials.

Why Are There Lawsuits Related to Altec Digger Derricks?

There are lawsuits related to Altec digger derricks because of accidents, injuries, or fatalities associated with their operation. These incidents could involve equipment failure, operator error, or inadequate safety measures.

What Are Common Allegations in Altec Digger Derrick Lawsuits?

The common allegations in Altec digger derrick lawsuits are claims of equipment defects, design flaws, inadequate warnings about potential hazards, negligence in maintenance or operation, or failure to provide proper training for operators.

Who Can File a Lawsuit Related to Altec Digger Derricks?

Individuals who have been injured or families of those who have died as a result of an accident involving an Altec digger derrick can file a lawsuit related to Altec digger derricks. This includes operators, workers, or bystanders affected by the incident.

Do I Have an Altec Digger Derrick Lawsuit?

The Product Liability Litigation Group at Schmidt & Clark, LLP law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Altec Digger Derrick Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a recalled Altec Digger Derrick, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.

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