Construction workers are typically aware of many accident and injury risks associated with the industry. However, most of these workers believe that the heavy equipment used in construction is very safe. Sometimes, such equipment is well-maintained and poses few construction accident risks. Other times, operating or working near heavy equipment like the kinds listed below can be hazardous to a worker's physical well-being:
- Dump trucks
Construction accidents involving heavy equipment are rare in Omaha compared to incidents like falling or suffering electrical shocks. Therefore, workers can become complacent when working with or near such equipment. Some of the most severe construction accidents involving heavy equipment include:
- Equipment rollovers, which can injure operators and nearby workers
- Equipment malfunctions, which can interfere with safe control of machinery
- Equipment collisions, which may mean colliding with a human or a different piece of equipment
- Equipment backovers, which can pin victims beneath equipment, resulting in devastating injuries
As you may imagine, construction accidents like those above can result in severe physical trauma such as brain injuries, spinal cord damage, multiple fractures, internal injuries and even death.
Good equipment maintenance combined with excellent worker training can go a long way toward preventing serious construction accidents. Unfortunately, many contractors and companies allow safety to fall by the wayside.
Victims can usually rely on workers' compensation to meet their medical and financial needs after a work accident. We want you to know that you have options if receive a claim denial or if someone tries to block your efforts to file. Taking your case to a lawyer experienced in workers' compensation claims can go a long way toward helping you get the benefits you need.
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