Backover Injuries a Common Source of Construction Site Injury
Construction sites come with many potential sources of injury. As with the general population, however, one of the biggest causes of fatal accidents among construction workers is motor vehicle accidents. Backover or backup injuries are among the most common types of accident on hectic job sites, but these accidents can often be prevented by following careful safety protocols. When backover injuries result from carelessness by independent contractors or third-party vendors, victims may be entitled to money through a personal injury lawsuit. Learn more about backover injuries below, and contact a New Jersey construction site accident lawyer if you’ve been hurt on the job by third party negligence.
What are the causes of backover injuries?
Backover injuries happen when drivers of vehicles—often large trucks or heavy equipment—fail to notice a worker standing or crouching behind them while traveling in reverse. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 64 workers were killed by backover-related accidents on US job sites in 2015. Backover accidents often happen when a vehicle’s driver either assumes that no one is behind their vehicle when beginning to back up, or is unable to spot someone behind them because that person is in a blind spot. Large trucks and other mobile heavy machinery with poor rear visibility are required by OSHA regulation to make use of a spotter, but this doesn’t always happen. Additionally, even spotters may fail to notice a worker crouched behind a truck. Spotters themselves can become the victim of backover injuries when they’re so focused on clearing a path for one vehicle that they fail to notice another vehicle traveling in reverse towards them. While large machines should come with backup alarms that alert nearby workers to an oncoming vehicle, loud noise on a job site may overpower the sound these alarms make.
How can backover injuries be prevented?
There are a number of simple solutions that can help to reduce backover-related injuries and deaths on New Jersey construction sites. For example, many deaths could be avoided by equipment and truck drivers obtaining the help of a spotter when driving in reverse. Trucks could also use louder backup alarms to alert nearby workers to their presence. Construction site vehicles could also come equipped with backup cameras so that the drivers themselves will have an improved ability to spot those standing or crouching behind the vehicle.
For a no-cost evaluation of your New Jersey construction site accident case, contact the seasoned and knowledgeable workplace injury lawyer Andrew R. Jacobs at 973-532-9681.