An industrial excavators are machines that are used to remove soil, rocks, and other materials from a site. They are usually fitted with a cable power to assist in the movement of the machine. This type of power is essential for moving heavy objects quickly and efficiently.
When operating an industrial excavator, the operator is constantly in a situation where they are potentially facing a life or death situation. There are many factors that can contribute to an excavation accident, but some of the most common ones include operator error, machine failure, and weather conditions. In order to help ensure that you and your team are as safe as possible when working with an excavator, it is important to be aware of the different types of accidents that can occur.
Operator Error – One of the most common types of excavation accidents is due to operator error. This includes things like not following safety procedures correctly, not wearing a proper safety gear, and being distracted by something else.
Machine Failure – Another major cause of excavation accidents is machine failure. This can happen for a number of reasons, including worn out parts, debris getting caught in the machinery, and electrical issues. When machines fail, it can often lead to injuries for both the operators and bystanders.
Other types of accidents that can occur with industrial excavators include:
– Dragging power cable into machine
-Driver getting entangled in machinery while moving it
-Machine overturning and crushing workers
Since excavators are powerful machines, it is not surprising that there have been a number of accidents involving them. Here are two examples:
In February 2017, an excavator operated by a subcontractor for a construction company in the United States fell into a ditch and overturned, injuring four workers.
In October 2009, an excavator operated by Progressive Leasing & Equipment Company (PL&E) in Phoenix, Arizona experienced a catastrophic failure. The crane’s boom snapped, causing the cab to fall to the ground. One operator was killed and four others were injured. The cause of the failure was a fatigue crack that had been discovered on the crane’s boom several months earlier but had not been properly addressed.
If you have been injured by a cable, clamshell, crane, derrick, dragline, or power excavator you may be entitled to compensation. Contact an attorney today to discuss your case and see what options are available to you.