Backhoes are extremely powerful and complex machines, and strict safety equipment and procedures must be employed to prevent injury. When the appropriate precautions are ignored, or when the backhoe is defective in its design or manufacture, serious injuries can result.
Free Backhoe Injury Accident Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a backhoe, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.
What’s the problem?
Backhoes are some of the most common types of construction equipment used on building sites today. Using them requires following strict safety procedures, and failure to do so can put both the operator and other people working in the area at risk. Backhoe accidents can arise for a number of reasons, some of the most common being:
- Workers getting hit by the backhoe arm
- Workers getting run over by the backhoe treads
- The backhoe bucket hitting live wires and causing electrical accidents
A National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) review of the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) data identified 346 deaths associated with excavators or backhoe loaders during 1992–2000 [NIOSH 2002].
Review of these data and of NIOSH Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) cases [NIOSH 2000, 2001] suggests two common causes of injury: (1) being struck by the moving machine, swinging booms, or other machine components; or (2) being struck by quick-disconnect excavator buckets that unexpectedly detach from the excavator stick.
Other leading causes of fatalities are rollovers, electrocutions, and slides into trenches after cave-ins.
No matter how many safety precautions workers try to take, backhoe accidents will continue to happen. If you or a loved has been injured in an accident involving a backhoe, contact the experienced personal injury lawyers at Schmidt & Clark, LLP today.
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Do I have a Backhoe Accident Lawsuit?
The Personal Injury & Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus exclusively on the representation of plaintiffs in backhoe injury accident lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.