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Trenchers have been used, in some form, for a very long time. The current ones, though, are very powerful and can cause injuries or accidents rather quickly. Due to this, employers and general contractors need to conduct proper training and enforce proper safety precautions at all times. Being hurt by a trencher can cause major injuries and all trencher victims should be seen by a doctor or surgeon as soon as possible as most injuries have a better chance at recovery if seen sooner rather than later.
Trenchers are used mainly to dig trenches, ditches and holes in order to later lay pipe, electrical lines, cable or drainage. The most common types of trenchers to cause accidents include walk-behind trenchers, ride-on trenchers, skid-steer loader trenchers, trailer trenchers, Bobcat trenchers, trench diggers, wheel trenchers, trench shovel, earth movers, rockwheel trenchers, chain trenchers, portable trenchers, lawn trenchers, excavating trenchers and many more. Ditch Witch is one of the most well known manufacturers but they are also made by other large companies like Eagle and Bobcat.
It is important for all employers, general contractors, sub contractors and supervisors to fully train all employers, laborers and workers who will be using any type of trencher on the proper way to use that specific model and type and how to maintain it optimal safety. Some of the main causes for crush accidents are from operators not paying attention, trencher drivers view blocked by cargo or bad weather, trenchers colliding with trees, animals, tree stumps, boulders, farm equipment, pipes, gas pipes, water pipes, construction equipment, and buildings, trenchers being overloaded, trencher brakes not working, defective brakes, trencher operators being drunk or intoxicated, trenchers being driven negligently, trencher going too fast, trencher going uphill or downhill without proper safety techniques, trencher operators not using horns, and trencher driver distracted by texting, cell phones, walkie talkie or holding conversations with a coworker. It is important to keep track of all factors and evidence that contributed to your specific trencher accident.
The large majority of trencher accident injuries happen at work, on a job site 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, renters and contactors. Our hard working trencher accident attorneys have over three decades of experience maximizing the types and amount of compensation that are received by our clients.
For 30+ years, we have provided top notch service to our clients in both English and Spanish. Call us any time of the day or night and you will get a bilingual attorney or staff ready to help you. We promise to treat you like a member of our own family.
The work injury lawyers at the Law Offices of DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo have represented and helped people who have been severely hurt by a trencher for over three decades so we have the know-how and experience to help you win in court. This is true for workers’ compensation, third party injury cases, product defect cases, trencher defect cases or personal injury cases. Call us today at (888) 516-8530 to schedule a free initial consultation and case evaluation.