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Backhoes consist of a digging bucket at the end of an arm (also called stick or dipper) and are used for excavating and moving material such as rocks or dirt. The most common forms of backhoe accidents involve people being struck by the digging bucket or by the machine itself. In addition, backhoe accidents can be caused by rollovers, electrocutions, and sliding into ditches or trenches.
Manufacturers of construction equipment have an obligation to design equipment to protect against foreseeable accidents if it is technologically and economically feasible to do so. If such a design is not feasible, they have an obligation to install guards on the machinery if it can be done economically and mechanically. If safe design or guards cannot be done, adequate warnings should be given of the hazard. Manufacturers can be found liable in backhoe accidents that occur as a result of defective equipment. Construction site supervisors also often have a responsibility to provide a safe work environment, proper equipment maintenance, and personal protective equipment.
No matter how many safety precautions workers try to take, backhoe accidents will continue to happen. If you or a loved has been injured in an accident, contact the Locks Law Firm to schedule a free, confidential consultation and case evaluation.Do I have a case? Free Case Evaluation