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Machinery Accidents

Machinery Accidents

South Carolina Construction Accident Attorneys Speaking Up for Victims of Machinery Accidents

Our skilled lawyers fight hard for the families we serve

The machinery and equipment used at construction sites covers a wide range of sizes and uses, from large trucks and earth movers like bulldozers, graders, and backhoes, to commercial grade table saws, drills, pipe cutters, power shears, nail guns, and arc welders. It can take only one small operating error to cause a catastrophic accident that can result in serious injury or death, sometimes to more than one person.

After a construction accident, the South Carolina attorneys at McGowan, Hood, Felder & Phillips, LLC, are here to help assess your damages and get you just compensation. You may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits or money from a third-party lawsuit. Contact us today to learn more about how our hard-hitting lawyers fight for every penny you deserve.

What makes construction machinery so dangerous?

The size and power of construction machinery is the primary cause of their danger. Bulldozers, for example, operate on tracks rather than tires, which enable them to turn on a dime, much like tanks in the military. They are equipped with enormous, hydraulically operated front shovels that can move several cubic yards of soil at a time, and powered by large, noisy diesel engines that can drown out the sounds of voices shouting warnings. The shovel is capable of smashing a person to death if it strikes them while ascending or descending, or while the bulldozer is making the kind of a sharp turn it is designed for.

Other large vehicles are supported by extra-large, very hard tires with enormous cleats, much like oversized tractor tires, to enable them to move in loose soil. The operator often sits in a high position and may not be able to see everything in the immediate vicinity. A foot run over by such a tire may be so badly crushed that amputation is necessary.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) these “struck-by” hazards are one of the four most deadly hazards found at construction sites (the other three are falls, electrocution, and “caught-in”). This hazard includes not only being struck by falling or flying objects, but being struck by any of the moving or swinging machinery: earth movers, trucks, and cranes. Careless operation of a bulldozer may cause workers in trenches to be buried under tons of soil. An improperly stabilized crane may tip onto its size and crush anything situated beneath it. Or it could contact overhead wires causing electrocution, fire, and, if there are chemical vapors in the air, explosion.

What if I am injured at work by a piece of construction machinery?

If you sustain an accidental injury of that kind at work, you or your family should seek the guidance of a South Carolina construction accident lawyer immediately. Some insurance claims adjusters are not reluctant to barge into a victim’s hospital room with a general release form in hand, especially if the person who caused the accident was not an employee of the victim’s company. You should not allow anyone to pressure you into a settlement.

South Carolina attorneys overcoming the challenges of construction accident cases

If you are injured, or a loved one is injured or killed by construction machinery, you should contact an experienced South Carolina construction accident lawyer at once to protect your rights, be they for recovery against third parties or application for Workers Compensation benefits. McGowan, Hood, Felder & Phillips, LLC, is committed to helping construction accident victims obtain the settlements they rightfully deserve.

Contact McGowan, Hood, Felder & Phillips, LLC, today.  Call 803-327-7800 and schedule a free case evaluation by an experienced South Carolina construction accident attorney, or fill out our contact form from any device.  We proudly serve people throughout the state from offices in Columbia, Anderson, Rock Hill, Sumter, and Georgetown.