Injuries from Wheelbarrows, Hand Trucks, and Other Hand-Propelled Vehicles

While these devices can make the job easier, they can also threaten workers if they are not used properly.

Did you know that hand-propelled vehicles are one of the leading causes of construction site injuries? In fact, studies have shown that these types of injuries account for a large percentage of all workplace accidents. Below, we’ll discuss the different types of injuries that can occur due to using these vehicles and provide some tips for preventing them.

Risk of Injuries

Construction work mainly involves lifting, carrying, or moving heavy objects from one place to another. This task is often carried out using wheelbarrows, hand trucks, and other hand-propelled vehicles. While these devices can make the job easier, they can also threaten workers if they are not used properly. How? Here are some examples:

  • If a worker is carrying a heavy load in a wheelbarrow and the wheelbarrow tips over, the worker can be crushed by the weight of the load.
  • If a hand truck is not loaded correctly, it can tip over and cause injuries to the person operating it.
  • If a worker is pushing a heavy load up a ramp, the load can shift and cause the worker to lose control of the hand truck. As a result, the worker may fall and be injured.
  • If a worker is carrying a heavy load on their back, and the load shifts unexpectedly, the worker can suffer severe injuries to their spine or back.
  • If a worker trips while carrying a heavy load in a wheelbarrow, it can fall on them, causing severe injuries.

How to Prevent Injuries

As you can see, there are many ways workers can be injured while using hand-propelled vehicles. That’s why it’s so important for workers to be aware of the risks and take measures to prevent injuries from occurring. Here are some tips for doing just that:

  • Always inspect your equipment before use. Everything should be in good condition, from the wheelbarrow to the load you’re carrying. Don’t use the equipment and report it to your supervisor immediately if you see any damage.
  • Make sure the load is balanced correctly before attempting to move it. An unbalanced load can shift unexpectedly and cause injuries.
  • Use caution when moving heavy loads up or down ramps. Always keep a firm grip on the hand truck and walk, don’t run.
  • Don’t try to lift more weight than you can safely handle. If you’re not sure how much is too much, ask for help from a coworker or supervisor.
  • If possible, avoid carrying heavy loads on your back. If you must do so, be sure to use proper lifting techniques to prevent injuries.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings and watch out for potential hazards. This includes wet floors, uneven surfaces, and other workers in the area.
  • If you feel tired or uncomfortable at any point, stop working and take a break. It’s better to take a few minutes to rest than to push yourself too hard and get injured.

We Can Represent You!

If you or someone you know has been injured in such an accident due to the absence of safety measures or your employer’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. We can help you understand your rights and options. At The Law Office of James. M. Hoffmann, we pride ourselves on being tough advocates for injured workers. We have extensive experience handling construction accident cases and can help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

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Updated: May 30, 2022