Pursuing Compensation for Heavy Machinery Accidents on Georgia Construction Sites


December 29, 2016

If you work in the construction industry, you understand that occupational hazards that can cause serious injury are a constant presence at construction projects. While compliance with safety rules, proper maintenance of equipment and vigilance can decrease the risk of enduring catastrophic injury or wrongful death, construction sites are inherently dangerous. Although there are many hazards on the typical Georgia construction site, heavy machinery poses a unique risk to operators and those on the ground.

A recent fatal heavy machinery accident on a construction site in another state provides a vivid example of this risk. Authorities investigating the accident indicate that two workers were collaborating to move a piece of heavy machinery which was similar to a Bobcat or front loader. The operator of the front loader was unaware that his co-worker on the ground had moved behind the heavy equipment. The construction worker on the ground was crushed when the operator backed the Bobcat up over the top of the worker on the ground.

Construction sites often involve a lot of "moving parts" so it is easy for inattentiveness, carelessness or even defective parts to injure workers. There are many varieties of heavy machinery that may endanger those present on construction sites including, among others:

  • Excavator
  • Truck Crane
  • Bulldozer
  • Wheel Loader
  • Side Loader
  • Forklift
  • Dump Truck
  • Asphalt Paver
  • Tractor Truck
  • Boom & Arm
  • Bucket Truck

Although this is hardly an exhaustive list of heavy machinery found on a construction site, the range of equipment illustrates the many ways that people can get injured which may include, among others:

  • Operators being injured when equipment rolls over
  • Running over workers on the ground
  • Accidents involving other motor vehicles
  • Improperly attached booms
  • Objects flowing from cranes

These are some of the types of accidents that can cause serious or even life-threatening injury on construction sites in Georgia. Because these injuries can cause long periods of incapacity, they can be devastating to the financial stability of a family. While an injured heavy machinery operator can seek workers compensation benefits from an employer, these are generally far more limited than what could be recovered in a personal injury claim. A personal injury claim against a third party may yield damages for pain and suffering, impaired quality of life, loss of consortium, mental anguish and similar forms of non-economic loss, workers compensation benefits tend to be more limited.  However, in cases in which a person suffered an injury on the job due to the negligence of a third party, the victim can, depending on the circumstances, pursue a personal injury claim while simultaneously receiving workers' compensation benefits.

Our experienced Georgia workers' compensation and personal injury attorneys diligently investigate the grounds for pursuing a personal injury claim against a third party including injuries caused by a heavy machinery accident. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a heavy equipment accident, the experienced Georgia lawyers at Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, are committed to helping injury victims obtain the financial means to move past their accident and rebuild their lives.

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