What are the dangers associated with excavator coupler defects?
We currently represent a construction worker who was crushed in a work site trench when an excavator bucket released from a large excavator and fell on him. He was trapped and then suffered through a lengthy extrication and extended hospital stay. Because of his crushing injuries, his leg was amputated at the knee and he continues to suffer with other internal injuries.
Although this case is in its very early stages, we have already learned that these incidents are far from uncommon. In fact, one OSHA inspector stated that nationwide there have been 15 such tragedies in the past 5 years, 13 involving deaths.
We expect that the manufacturer will claim operator error, as they have in each case before. But, simple design changes could completely prevent this type failure from occurring. In fact, we have learned that several competitors have already recognized the hazard and implemented such changes in their products. We expect a tough fight from this manufacturer, but we are committed to our work to help those who need it most.
What can I do if I have been injured as the result of an excavator coupler defects?
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury as the result of an excavator coupler defect, you may be entitled to compensation. For a free legal consultation, contact us today!