The heavier the machinery, the heavier the need for safety and precaution is while operating it. Forklifts, trucks, bulldozers, graders, backhoes, scrapers, tractors- you name it. These machines are built tough, wield immense amounts of raw power, and can greatly reduce the amount of physical man-hours necessary to complete a project. But as they say, with power comes responsibility, and in the case of heavy machinery, the stakes are indeed great.

There are protocols in place attempting to prevent accidents, comprised of operation regulations and mandated training curriculum for all those who are tasked with using heavy equipment. To a certain extent, these policies work well. Due to the stringent nature of these regulations and the emphasis placed on diligent, well-supervised and cautious use, heavy machinery accidents remain a rarity in the construction world.

Though sometimes the tragic is unpreventable. Last year, a woman walking the grounds of San Jose City College was accidentally killed by a front loader as it backed up. The loader was moving dirt across the campus. Though the heavy-duty equipment was moving slowly, its massive dimensions proved the tragic accident fatal.

A tacit compromise must exist between pedestrians and construction workers wherein both sides agree to remain alert, both while walking by construction sites and while working within them.

Awareness can help save lives.

Though if you have been injured by any sort of heavy equipment, you will need compensation to cover your medical costs.