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Preventing Backover Accidents on Construction Sites

The average construction site is filled with potential risks. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, backover accidents involving large vehicles cause many deaths and injuries every year. If you are injured by a forklift, dump truck, or other vehicle that is traveling in reverse, have
The Bendinelli Law Firm of Westminster help you obtain the workers’ compensation you deserve. Of course, it’s always preferable to avoid backover accidents altogether.

Construction Accidents in WestminsterBackover Statistics

OSHA statistics show that over 70 people died from backover-related accidents in 2011. Between the years of 2005 and 2010, dump trucks and tractor trailers were involved in the majority of deadly backover accidents. Trucks, forklifts, and garbage trucks also claimed the lives of unsuspecting workers. There are a number of reasons why a backover accident might occur—a worker could be standing in a driver’s blind spot, the vehicle’s beeping mechanism could be malfunctioning, a worker could fall off the back of a vehicle, or there could be a combination of factors.

Backover Prevention Tips

With the right training, equipment, and maintenance, all backover accidents can be prevented. Outfitting a truck with a rear camera and display monitor can help the driver see behind him when backing up, and a proximity detection device can warn the driver of obstructions. Getting into the habit of using spotters can also help drivers back up without incident. It’s also a good idea to train workers to identify blind spots and agree on a set traffic control plan for the worksite. At the very least, it’s important for a vehicle’s beeping mechanism to be properly maintained at all times.

Obtaining Workers’ Compensation

Even if you and your coworkers take all the appropriate precautions, someone can still get hurt. If you get injured on a construction site—whether it’s from a backover accident, a laceration, or a fall—you may be entitled to workers’ compensation. Ideally, your employer’s insurance company would pay compensation soon after you report your injury. If you run into any problems, however, feel free to contact the Denver workers’ compensation attorneys at The Bendinelli Law Firm.

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