According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), deaths, injuries and damage from consumer product incidents cost the U.S. more than $900 billion annually (www.cpsc.gov). Many of these injuries and deaths are due to heavy construction equipment accidents. According to OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration), in 2010 alone, 4,690 workers were killed on the job, with construction workers making up 18.7 percent of these deaths (www.osha.gov).
Commonly, backhoes and uniloaders are among the types of equipment that frequently cause serious injury. These are very powerful pieces of machinery that if not designed, manufactured or marketed properly can make an already dangerous situation even worse. Due to product defects, workers can be crushed, run-over, hit by and even electrocuted from backhoes and uniloaders.
If you or a loved one was injured or killed in a construction accident involving a backhoe, uniloader or other heavy equipment, contact our Kansas City products liability attorney. At Monsees & Mayer P.C, we are not afraid to take on big machinery manufacturers or their insurance carriers to protect your rights. We will use our many years of experience in products liability cases to recover just compensation for your injuries or loss.
Types of Backhoe & Uniloader Injuries
Uniloaders and especially backhoes are very strong and complex pieces of machinery. Even if handled with the utmost care, accidents and serious injuries can result, due to products liability. Manufacturers must uphold the strict safety procedures that are set for backhoes and uniloaders. When they fail to do so, serious injuries can result. These types of injuries can include:
- Broken Bones
- Crushing Injuries
- Crushed Limbs
- Severed Limbs/Amputations
- Head Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Back Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries