What are the dangers associated with not having a backup alarm system?
Half of all fatalities involving construction equipment occur while the equipment is backing, often involving some type of truck backing up into a worker or another vehicle.
The Spokane Research Laboratory of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, in cooperation with the Washington State Department of Transportation, is evaluating methods to decrease these accidents. One such method uses devices that assist equipment operators in monitoring blind areas around the equipment to prevent collisions with workers on foot or other large haulage equipment with a special emphasis on reducing accidents during backing operations.
Our firm represented a client that was backed over by a dump truck and killed. The dump truck had no backup alarm on it. The company claimed that the backup alarms were not necessary on dump trucks at that time and that even if one had been on there, it was not loud enough for our deceased client to have heard it. Ironically, there was construction going on outside the courthouse, and while defendants were making their closing statement saying that the backup alarms were not loud enough, the jury heard backup alarms from the construction very loudly. The jury awarded a large amount which helped make all dump trucks safer by encouraging companies to put backup alarms on all their vehicles in the future.
What can I do?
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury as the result of defective or no backup alarm system, you may be entitled to compensation. For a free legal consultation, contact us today!