Heavy Machinery Accidents

Construction workers are at risk of serious injury because of unsafe construction equipment

Heavy-duty construction work requires the use of heavy machinery to complete the job. Large construction equipment remains extremely hazardous to operate or even to be near while it is operating. Normal risks are heightened when supervisors fail to meet safety regulations or do not train employees properly — serious injury or even death can occur. If you have been injured because of a heavy machinery accident, contact a New York construction accident lawyer at Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson to learn more about your rights.

The most frequent causes of heavy machinery injuries are faulty equipment, failure to implement safety measures, improper training and bystander accidents. A contractor is responsible for making sure that all machinery is in good working order. Additionally, a site supervisor must ensure all operators are comprehensively trained in operation and accident prevention. While New York law states that construction workers cannot sue their direct employers for injuries, you can file a lawsuit against other parties responsible, such as the equipment manufacturer, property owner or sub-contractor.

Common construction equipment that may cause injuries includes:

  • Asphalt and concrete pavers
  • Backhoes
  • Bulldozers
  • Compactors
  • Concrete mixers
  • Cranes
  • Dredges
  • Dump trucks
  • Excavators
  • Forklifts
  • Loaders
  • Jackhammers
  • Tractors
  • Tunnel boring machines

What to do after a New York construction accident

After sustaining an injury caused by a heavy machinery construction accident, immediately notify your supervisor. Be certain your employer documents the report. Seek medical attention and keep records of all treatment history and costs. Contact a qualified NYC personal injury lawyer who can investigate the case further. An attorney can take photographs of the property and examine the work site. Do not hesitate to call a lawyer — time restrictions may prevent you from filing a lawsuit if you wait too long after the incident. Let your lawyer communicate with the courts and with the other parties involved.

Contact us

If you or a loved one has been injured in a heavy machinery accident, do not limit yourself to workers compensation benefits. You may be entitled to an additional settlement to cover all your expenses, plus pain and suffering. To schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced New York City personal injury lawyer, call Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson at 855.539.9189 or contact us online.