Our Attorneys Are There for Workers Injured in Backhoe Accidents
If you are injured by a defective or carelessly operated backhoe an Ohio construction accident attorney can protect your rights
Backhoes are heavy earth-moving machinery typically mounted on diesel tractors, and is used to dig trenches and ditches at construction sites. The operator’s cab, engine and hydraulic pumps are fixed to a rotating base on top of the tractor, an arrangement that allows them to turn in a full circle. Also fixed to the rotating base is one end of an articulated, two-piece arm. At the other end of the arm is a large scoop capable of digging and moving several cubic yards of soil or rock at a time. The entire apparatus is controlled hydraulically, and can weigh as much as fifty or sixty tons.
The size, weight, power and motion of construction backhoes make them hazardous both to their operators and to people nearby. If you are an inspector, subcontractor, or business visitor to a construction site and have suffered injury from a defective or negligently operated backhoe, you should seek the counsel of one of the experienced Ohio construction accident attorneys at Crandall & Pera Law. We are experts at obtaining due compensation for accident victims and their families. Let us help you.
What kinds of accidents and injuries are caused by backhoes?
Workers reinforcing the sides of newly cut trenches have been crushed by the scoop when an operator was unable to see them from the cab. Others have been struck by the scoop as the boom rotated. Loads of soil and rock being transferred from a trench to dump trucks have missed their targets and landed on nearby workers, burying them. Backhoe buckets have dug up utility pipes and caused explosions, breached conduits housing live electrical cables, and touched overhead wires, causing severe burns and electrocutions. Backhoes have also side-slid into their own trenches after the walls collapsed, and crushed workers
A review of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries for 1992 to 2000 identified 346 deaths associated with excavators or backhoe loaders during that period. A review of these data and those of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation cases suggests two most common causes of injury: being struck by the moving machine, swinging booms, or other machine components, and; being struck by quick-disconnect buckets that unexpectedly detach from the excavator.
Why you may need an Ohio personal injury lawyer
Workers’ compensation provides benefits when you are injured in the course of your employment, but compensation may not be available if you are not employed by the company responsible for your injury. For example, if you are a subcontractor, an inspector, or even a business visitor on a sales call, as long as you are not an employee you may be able to bring a negligence action against the construction company. In addition, if the backhoe was defective and the construction company did not own it, the owner or lessor of the backhoe could be liable if they knew, or should have known, about the defect. In some circumstances a product liability suit against the equipment’s manufacturer may also be possible.
If you were walking by a construction site and were injured, you might be able to file a legal action against the construction company for damages.
Aggressive Ohio attorneys obtain top settlements for our clients
Your construction accident case is important to us. The attorneys at Crandall & Pera Law have are experienced protecting the interests of people injured in heavy equipment accidents on construction sites. To learn more about how we can help you, please call us at 877-686-8879, or fill out our contact form to schedule a no-obligation consultation with an Ohio construction accident lawyer. Our lawyers see clients across Ohio, including Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Chesterland and Chagrin Falls.