A loading shovel may not be familiar to everyone, but it will be familiar to those who work in areas where these vehicles are regularly in use. A loading shovel is essentially a vehicle that has a shovel on the front that can be operated by the driver. In doing so the shovel can pick up various things and dump them elsewhere depending on where they are required to be.
Fortunately there are few accidents that ever occur with these vehicles. Accident Advice Helpline has had JCB loading shovel accidents occur involving clients we have spoken to, but on the whole it is good to know that few things go wrong in this area.
As you can imagine, workplaces that have the need to use loading shovels must make ample provision to ensure no one is in any danger of being injured while they are in operation. JCB loading shovel accidents, or those involving any other make or brand of loading shovel, can potentially be very serious indeed. They may involve someone being hit by the shovel or the vehicle, or being buried under whatever has been poured out of the shovel. Clearly, both pedestrians and the shovels themselves must be kept well apart from each other.
It is cases where there has been no clear provision to keep workers and vehicles separated from each other that may end up being confirmed as having negligence present. If this is the case then any injured workers could potentially make compensation claims as a consequence of their injuries.
Preventing JCB loading shovel accidents
Prevention is always better than cure and in this case it is relatively easy to prevent any accidents taking place. By setting aside proper areas in which the loading shovels can be used, and other areas that are simply for pedestrians to use safely, there should be no circumstances in which anything could potentially go wrong. Since the outcome of an accident involving one of these vehicles could be very serious indeed, it makes sense to avoid them happening in the first place.
Injuries caused by a loading shovel can be severe. If you’ve received injuries in this way, call 0800 689 0500 now to speak to someone at Accident Advice Helpline. Our experienced staff are on hand to make sure you get the proper advice you need.
Date Published: May 12, 2015
Author: David Brown