Texas Backhoe Accident Attorneys
Each 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 review 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
- 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, the 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.
Safety Tips Regarding Backhoes
There are several safety precautions that individuals can follow to avoid being injured or even killed in a backhoe accident. These tips include the following pieces of advice:
- 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 maximize the backhoe’s performance.
- One Person Operators. In order to maximize 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: 1-800-298-0111.
Paul Cannon has practiced personal injury trial law since 1995. He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law (2005). He has earned recognition as a Super Lawyer by Thompson Reuters in 2017 & 2018, and as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association in 2017. He is a Shareholder, trial lawyer and online marketing manager at Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. His legal writings have been published by the Texas Bar Journal, Business.com, Lawyer.com HG Legal Resources, Lawfirms.com, and others. He has been asked to give education talks and media interviews on dog bite law.