Backhoe Accidents

Backhoe Accidents

Houston Backhoe Accident Attorneys. Serving the State of Texas

A backhoe upside downEach year, a significant number of construction site accidents occur in Texas because the employee of another contractor lack the proper training and skill to operate heavy machinery on a crowded job site. When safety procedures and training are not followed, on-the-job accidents can be deadly. If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligent operation of a backhoe, call us for a free consultation. Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. has helped thousands of people put their lives back together.

Statistics Regarding Backhoe Accidents

A National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health survey of the Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries data identified 346 fatalities that occurred due to backhoes between 1992 to 2000. Review of this data suggests common ways in which individuals are injured by backhoes:

  • Being struck by the moving machine, swinging booms, or other machine components
  • Being struck by quick-disconnect excavator buckets that unexpectedly detach from the excavator stick
  • Electrocutions
  • Slides into trenches
  • Vehicle rollovers during sharp turns, on steep slopes, or on uneven ground
  • Being pinned between the backhoe and another object
  • Unsecured material falling from the backhoe
  • Improper transportation of equipment
  • Defective equipment
  • Poorly maintained equipment

The Danger of Backhoe Accidents

Backhoes are one of the most common types of construction equipment found on job sites. Backhoe operators are required to follow strict safety procedures. Failure to do so can put both the operator and other individuals working in the area at risk. Backhoes also have specific weight and dimension requirements for use. When backhoes are overloaded, excess weight can create a significant risk of instability, which can cause serious accidents. Fortunately, even if construction site workers take significant precautions, backhoe accidents may still occur.

How Can You Reduce the Risk of Injury on a Backhoe?

There are several safety precautions that individuals can follow to avoid being injured or even killed in a backhoe accident. Consider the following:

  • Avoid Dangers. Backhoes are at risk of becoming entangled in trees or power lines, which means that individuals should carefully survey their surroundings prior to operation.
  • Create a Safety Zone. Never operate equipment when individuals are in a working zone because the backhoe can move unexpectedly and strike individuals.
  • Inspect the Machinery. Before operating a backhoe, individuals should inspect all elements of the machinery. Keeping the equipment well maintained can get you the backhoe’s performance.
  • One Person Operators. In order to get you safety, operators should not ride with any passengers.
  • Use a Seat Belt. Backhoe operators should always wear seat belts because the operator is at risk of falling out of the machinery if not properly secured.

Call us for a Free Consultation

If you or a loved one has been injured due to a backhoe accident, call Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. to speak to an attorney about your work injury today.  Our consultations are always free. When we take on a case, we front the investigation and litigation costs and we only get those back and an attorneys’ fee if we make a recovery for you. Call toll free at: (713) 932-0777.