How to Stay Safe Getting on and Off New Jersey Construction Equipment

How a New Jersey Construction Accident Lawyer May Help if You’re Hurt Getting On or Off Construction Equipment

Paul Hofmann
Specializes in personal injury, with emphasis on maritime, railroad and construction worker tort claims

How many times did you safely get on or off a crane, a truck, a backhoe, an excavator, a paver, a loader, a forklift, or some other piece of construction machinery? It was a normal part of your job that you did regularly without much thought – until you were hurt. Now that you have been injured getting on or off a piece of construction machinery you likely have questions. You may want to know how this could’ve happened, how you are going to recover, and whether you need to contact a New York or New Jersey construction accident lawyer.

Why Construction Workers Get Hurt Getting On and Off Equipment

A construction accident injury can happen at any time and for many different reasons that are hard to predict, as you well know. However, some of the common reasons for injuries when getting on and off construction equipment include:

  • Slippery conditions. This may include wet equipment, mud on your boots, lack of traction on your shoes, or gloves that cannot safely grip the sides of the equipment.
  • Lack of safe hand or foot holds. The equipment may lack safe places for you to put your hands or feet so that you can safely mount or dismount the equipment.
  • Equipment malfunctions. If the piece of equipment is not securely parked, then it may begin to move as you try to get on or off of it.
  • Trying to carry objects while getting on or off the equipment. This can lead to serious fall injuries.

If you have concerns about your safety and an accident injury has not yet occurred, then it is important to talk to your supervisors about your concerns before you are hurt.

Contact a New Jersey Construction Accident Attorney to Discuss Your Potential Recovery

Sometimes, however, you will not know of a dangerous situation until you are injured. If you have been hurt while getting on or off construction equipment, then we encourage you to call our experienced New Jersey construction accident lawyers at 1-800-362-9329 and to read our FREE publication, Hurt in a Construction Accident? You’re Not Alone .