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It is true that construction zones are busy with machines, workers, engineers, contractors, equipment, power tools, heavy equipment and construction vehicles moving about rapidly with their own goals and jobs to do. 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. Trencher crush accidents can happen because a trencher operator’s view could be limited or the driver could be distracted, on the phone or not paying attention. Trencher injuries also happen at home to those who have rented trenchers that are defective or came with negligent instructions. Being crushed or hurt by a trencher can cause major injuries and all trencher crush victims should be seen by a doctor or surgeon as soon as possible.
There are many types of trenchers and heavy equipment on a construction site. As you may already know and as we have seen during the past 30+ years, all can cause very serious injuries. The most common types of trenchers to cause accidents to include walk-behind trenchers, ride-on trenchers, skid-steer loader trenchers, trailer trenchers, Bobcat trenchers, trench diggers, trench shovel, earth movers, rockwheel trenchers, chain trenchers, portable trenchers, lawn trenchers, excavating trenches and many more. People can be crushed, smashed, hit with, lacerated or rolled over by a trencher very quickly so be sure to be cautious while working or at the construction site.
It is important for all employers, general contractors, subcontractors 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 for optimal safety. Some of the main causes of 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 drivers 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 conversations with fellow workers. Our experience in trencher accident law has taught us that there are usually a variety of factors that lead to a trencher traumatic accident and we are ready to full investigate your case.
Trencher injuries can be very catastrophic due to the immense size, sharpness of the blades and use of trenchers. Some of the possible injuries from being crushed by a trencher include amputation, wrongful death, lacerations, brain injuries, concussions, eye injuries, spinal cord injuries, being crushed, ear injuries, becoming deformed, head injuries, ligament sprains, broken bones, electrocution, muscle strains, 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.
The large majority of trencher accident injuries happen at work and construction sites but some happen at home when someone has rented a trencher. 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, landowners, and contractors. Our hardworking trencher accident attorneys have over three decades of experience maximizing the types and amount of compensation for our clients. We will be happy to give you a free consultation to help you know where you stand legally and what your options are.
The work injury lawyers at the Law Offices of DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo have represented and helped people who have been driven over 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.