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Scrapers are heavy pieces of equipment that need to be respected due to their size, ability, amount of moving parts and the force they generate. Their function is similar to their name in that they are used for moving earth, soil, dirt and rocks. Scrapers can cause very serious and catastrophic injuries. Accidents are common at construction sites due to negligent acts, coworker accidents and people rushing and cutting corners. Be sure to read this page for more information on what your rights are following a scraper construction site injury.
There are many types of scrapers and heavy equipment on a construction site. The main purpose of them is to move earth or soil. They use hydraulics to lift the blade up and down depending on how much the scraper wants to take off the top. The front blade cuts into the ground and that dirt goes into the hopper. The scraper then brings the load to the designated area where the clay or soil is being moved to. Some of the major manufacturers are Caterpilar, LEON’s, K-Tec, Reynolds Scrapers, IMC Scrapers, Terex, Miskin and others. It can also be called a wheel tractor-scraper or elevating scraper (which uses a conveyor belt).
Scraper injuries can be very serious and tragic because of the immense weight and power of the blade, front edge, hydraulic lift and rear sections. Some injuries that we have seen from wheel tractor-scraper accidents include lacerations, eye injuries, wrongful death, amputation, head injuries, ligament sprains, concussions,brain injuries, becoming deformed, spinal cord injuries, muscle strains, electrocution, being crushed, ear injuries, broken bones, and more. Most of these injuries will heal better the sooner medical help can be started for the victim.
Some of the main causes for scraper accident injuries are from operators not paying attention, scraper colliding with trees, tree stumps, boulders, animals, farm equipment, water pipes, oil pipes, gas pipes, electrical wires, construction equipment, and buildings, scraper operators view blocked, scrapers being overloaded by either trying to scrape too much or having too much in the hopper, scraper operator falling off, scraper brakes or stopping mechanisms not working, defective brakes, scraper drivers being drunk or intoxicated, scrapers being used negligently, scraper going too fast, scraper operators not using horns, and scraper operator being distracted by texting, cell phones, walkie talkie or coworker conversations. We can discuss your specific injury during a free consultation and lay out what your legal options might be.
The large majority of scraper accident injuries happen at work, on a farm, or 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, building owners and contractors that are involved in the project. This includes the company who rented or leased the scraper or wheel tractor-scraper to your employer since they have a duty to maintain the grader as well. Our hard working scraper accident lawyers have been helping to maximize the types and amount of compensation for our clients since 1979.
Our goal is to be there for you in every way possible. This includes ensuring you are getting the full and fair medical treatment that you deserve. Our work 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 scraper 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, scraper defect cases or personal injury cases. Call us today at (888) 516-8530 to schedule a free initial consultation and case evaluation. We are well known throughout California, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange County, Bakersfield, Sacramento, San Luis Obispo, San Francisco, Riverside, San Diego, Fresno, Marin, and San Jose. 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 promise to treat you as we would a member of our own family.