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Faulty Machinery Leads to Construction Fatalities

After working at in construction for six months, your foreman has finally given you the okay to begin operator safety training for the bulldozer. Since you basically know how to work everything on it anyway, and you already know how to drive a car, you ask him if the training is really that important or could you just skip it and get right to practicing?

His reply was severe and somewhat surprising. He told you that no one on his crew is allowed in, on or near a construction vehicle without the proper training and safety education, and if you even attempt to drive one without his permission or before training, he will fire you.

Was he overreacting, or are construction vehicles really that dangerous?

“Deadly” Construction Machines

When working in construction, you’re surrounded by large machines that are meant to do the heavy lifting and make the demo go faster; however, these same machines that are supposed to make your life easier, can also put you at great risk for injury and death.

  • Bulldozers – According the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, out of 4,206 reported construction site fatalities, 774 were the direct result of bulldozer accidents. These included rollovers, crushing incidents, becoming trapped, and run-over accidents.
  • Cranes – According to a report from the Center for Construction Research and Training, an average of 22 construction workers die each year and hundreds are injured in crane-related accidents due to imbalance, collapse, and falling loads.
  • Backhoes – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) considers excavation with backhoes as one of the most dangerous aspects of construction. They estimate that every month, at least two workers die and dozens are injured as a result of backhoe accidents. Common accident types include being crushed or struck by the load bucket, becoming trapped under the machine, rollovers, and electrocutions.


No matter what machine you use, or how careful you may be while operating it, construction machines can be unpredictable and you never know what may cause it to malfunction, slip, or become unstable. Always make sure you and your crew are alert and trained to spot any potential problems or faults to prevent a serious or even fatal machine accident.

Need more information about construction safety or injury claims? Contact us today for a free consultation. We’ll be happy to review your case, discuss your claim options and help you get the peace of mind you deserve after suffering a tragic accident. We’re here for you—call now.

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