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Graders are heavy pieces of equipment that need to be respected due to their size, ability and the force they generate. Many times, foremen do not have enough people working whose job it is to monitor traffic and safety. Accidents are common at construction sites due to negligent acts, coworker accidents and people rushing and cutting corners. Being injured by a grader can cause major injuries that could be catastrophic. Be sure to read this page for more information on what your rights are following a grader injury.
There are many types of graders and heavy equipment on a construction site. The main purpose of them is to create a flat surface or at least a uniform surface that has the desired grade or leveling. They use a long and heavy blade that is attached to a tractor up on large wheels to do the job. It is also known as “the blade” and they are usually called in after the heavier equipment has done the rough finishing. They the scrape, refine, and finish grade the surface. A few other uses of graders are for snow removal, use on ranches, for soil maintenance, dirt road maintenance and to provide a good base for asphalt to be poured onto. Some of the major manufacturers are John Deere, Caterpilar, Case, Galion, Komatsu, LiuGong, Terex and Volvo. The most common types of graders to cause accidents include motor graders, stepper motor grader, driveway graders, maintainers, roadway graders, handozer driveway grader, heavy grader, IMC scrapers, delicate use motor graders, speed motor graders, geared motor grader, road roller, cold planer, and others. Graders have many uses so the employer or supervisor needs to properly train each employee on the safe and proper way to use a grader for each use.
Grader injuries can be very catastrophic due to the immense weight and power of the graders and their blade. Some of the possible injuries from being crushed by a grader include amputation, lacerations, eye injuries, wrongful death, concussions, head injuries, ligament sprains, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, becoming deformed, electrocution, muscle strains, broken bones, being crushed, ear injuries, and more. Whether you are the victim, a coworker of the victim or the family of the victim, we send our sincerest sympathy for this awful injury.
Some of the main causes for grader accidents are from operators not paying attention, grader drivers view blocked by cargo or bad weather, graders colliding with trees, animals, tree stumps, boulders, farm equipment, water pipes, oil pipes, gas pipes, electrical wires, construction equipment, and buildings, graders being overloaded, grader brakes not working, defective brakes, grader drivers being drunk or intoxicated, graders being driven negligently, grader going too fast, grader going uphill or downhill without proper safety techniques, grader operators not using horns, operators falling off, and grader driver being distracted by texting, cell phones, walkie talkie or coworker conversations. We can discuss your specific injury during a free consultation.
The large majority of grader accident injuries happen at work, on a farm, and construction sites. Employees and their families have rights and are protected under the workers’ comp laws in California. Employers are required to not penalize or fire an employee who files a workers’ compensation claim. Our firm is very experienced at taking care of work comp claims and investigating every accident for all responsible parties including third parties who were also at fault. A construction site has many third parties including the many subcontractors, land owners, government agencies and contactors that involved in the project. This includes the company who rented or leased the grader to your employer since they have a duty to maintain the grader as well. Our hard working grader accident attorneys have over three decades of experience maximizing the types and amount of compensation for our clients.
The Orange County construction injury lawyers at the Law Offices of DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo have represented and helped people who have been tragically hurt on the job by a grader since the late 1970s so we have the experience and the team to help you win in court. This is true for workers’ compensation, third party injury cases, product defect cases, grader defect cases or personal injury cases. Call us today at (888) 516-8530 to schedule a free initial consultation and case evaluation. We will go for the maximum possible compensation for your on-the-job injury or personal injury and you will not have to pay us until and unless we win your case. We would be honored to help you during this potentially very difficult time in your life.