Accidents Caused by Defective Construction Equipment

There are several types of accidents that can occur on a construction site. From scaffolding and trench collapses, to electrocution accidents and accidents involving heavy machinery-all of these can be very serious and involve loss of life and limb.

A construction site is home to many types of industrial equipment or machinery. From forklifts and tractors, to trucks, backhoes and earth moving equipment, there are different types of equipment that are complicated to operate, and have a high risk of accidents.

There are several ways that you may be involved in an accident involving a defective piece of heavy industrial equipment. For instance, trucks, tractors, or backhoes may malfunction, leading to collapses, tipovers and other types of accidents that injure operators and pedestrian workers. Cranes, for instance can collapse if operators do not adhere to manufacturer instructions.

In many cases however, accidents occur even when workers operate the machinery according to manufacturer instructions. For instance, nail guns, power tools, hand electrical hand tools, saws, jackhammers, table saws, and all types of other hand-held equipment can also malfunction, causing serious injuries. Nail gun accidents, for instance, can malfunction, causing eye injuries and puncture wounds that can leave a person blind. If you have suffered an injury in an accident like this, speak to a Denver construction accident lawyer for help.

If you have suffered injuries as a result of a construction equipment accident, you may be able to hold more than one party accountable for your damages. Apart from your employer, you may also be able to name third parties like the manufacturer of the equipment. Identifying whether the malfunctioning equipment was the cause of your injury requires an extensive investigation and analysis of the injury as well as the scene of the accident. A third party claim can help you recover more significant damages than a worker’s compensation claim. For help identifying whether you have grounds for a third party claim after a construction accident, speak to a Denver construction accident lawyer.

By: Dallas Norton

Dallas Norton, the founding partner of Norton & Bowers, has practiced law with a focus on personal injury since 1992. Mr. Norton has extensive Colorado roots including grade school in Arvada and high school in Denver. He earned his J.D. from Brigham Young University Law School in 1991. When working on behalf of clients, Mr. Norton draws upon his extensive background in psychology and human resources.