Many industries have workers that run heavy equipment such as paving machines, earth moving machines and other large equipment. These heavy equipment operators may be working on a commercial construction site, building roadways or even underground. Due to the nature of their jobs, these workers are exposed to many injury risks both from the equipment they work with and the environments where they are needed.
Types Of Heavy Equipment Used on Construction Sites and Other Industrial Environment
There are many different types of heavy equipment that require a skilled operator to run them. In 2010 there were over 400,000 workers that ran heavy equipment in the U.S. These workers were almost all employed, with only 4% being self-employed. The top industries that employed these operators were:
- Road and bridge construction
- State and local government projects
- Utility companies
- Specialty trades
These workers may be driving and maintaining equipment such as: paving or asphalt equipment, backhoes, bulldozers, front end loaders, excavators or pile driving equipment. These machines are heavy and have many moving parts, putting a great amount of risk on their operators.
Heavy Equipment Operator Injuries
When operating heavy equipment, the operator must be concerned with not only their own safety, but also the safety of others. These large pieces of machinery can be deadly to both those who are operating them and those who are working on the same site. Some common causes of heavy equipment accidents are:
- Tip or rollover injuries. According to a 2006 study by the Journal of Safety Research, over half of heavy equipment operator deaths are from rollover accidents
- Collision or back up injuries. A major source of injuries involving heavy equipment involves backing up into or hitting workers that are on the ground.
- Repetitive motion injuries. As heavy equipment operators often work controls for several hours a day, repetitive motion injuries are common to muscles and tendons.
- Hearing loss. The high amount of noise that is associated with many types of heavy equipment can cause hearing damage.
Highway and street construction is one of the main employers of heavy equipment operators. According to OSHA, this construction results in an average of 100 fatalities a year and over 20,000 injuries. Of all these injuries, 30% involve heavy equipment operators.Heavy Equipment Operator Injury Lawsuits
For those who operate and work close to heavy equipment, there is significant risk for injury on the job. Employers have a duty to their workers to maintain a safe work environment and provide adequate protection from injury. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a heavy equipment accident, you need an experienced work injury law firm to advise you on your rights.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC has an experienced team of work injury attorneys that are ready to work with you to get the best financial compensation for your heavy equipment operator injury. To schedule your free consultation, call us today! 888-424-5757
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