Truck accidents can often be more devastating than a typical car accident because of how big and heavy trucks are.
Trucks have caused massive spills on the road requiring long and tedious clean ups in addition to deadly highway pileups.
In addition to road accidents, there are many accidents that happen off the road, such as when employees are required to work with trucks in their line of work. No one should feel unsafe at work.
If a work-related injury happens to you, our attorneys know how to help.
Many jobs require being familiar with big trucks including industrial, towing, and dump trucks. According to the United States Department of Labor, there are costly work-related accidents involving trucks multiple times every month. Depending on the job, accidents include electrocution, being crushed and killed, and having amputated limbs. Whichever situation you or your close family member is in, you can sue for workers’ compensation when an injury happens at work.
Employer Safety Measures
If you are the owner of a business that requires work trucks, you owe it to your employees to have your premises, equipment, and trucks in safe and working order. Oftentimes, these work-related accidents are preventable. To prevent one of your employees getting hurt at work and furthermore suing your business, you can:
- Make sure that each employee is aware of the dangers and severity of injuries trucks can cause
- Conduct quarterly safety meetings with your employees to remind them of the importance of being careful
- Consistently conduct safety checks on a regular basis and maintain the trucks
- Allow your employees to take sufficient breaks throughout the day to avoid burning out and making careless errors
- Enforce policies and guidelines when around trucks and discipline employees for not following them
Employee Safety Measures
As an employee, you also need to be additionally careful around trucks to avoid severe to fatal injuries to yourself and others. Always remember to:
- Be aware of your surroundings, blind spots, and make sure to use all necessary signals
- Wear the proper safety gear required for the work area you are in
- Follow each rule and pay attention to updates and notifications
- Take breaks so that your mind stays clear and sharp
- Immediately consult with a supervisor or owner when you notice something malfunctioning
What To Do
If a work-related accident occurs, the first thing to do is contact the authorities. Medical attention may be needed. After, you should always speak with an attorney as soon as possible. Write down exactly what happened so that you can refresh your memory in the future if you ever need to. After considering all your options, an attorney will then be able to take the following steps on his or her part to pursue a lawsuit if you decide to sue.
If you are involved in a work-related truck accident, you can always count on the diligent attorneys at The O’Brien Law Firm to help you figure out what to do next. Call us today at (716) 907-7777 for a free consultation so we can discuss all your options. We look forward to talking with you.