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Landscaping Equipment Dangers Highlighted by Recent Accident

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This past weekend, a young boy was killed when he was hit by a skid steer loader in Harwich, Massachusetts, CBS Boston reported. Skid loaders, small front-end loader machines, often referred to as “Bobcats” are small ride-in machines often used for landscaping and road construction jobs.

Heavy equipment is a common sight in Massachusetts neighborhoods during the fall landscape season, as homeowners winterize their properties. This accident is a sobering reminder that even small equipment, such as skid steers, ride-on mowers and power core aerators, can pose serious hazards.

Children are often attracted to landscape machinery and enjoy watching active construction projects. Parents and homeowners can take simple steps to reduce the risk of injury to children caused by landscape equipment, including keeping children inside while landscapers work and keeping a safe distance from neighbors' landscape projects.

Construction and landscape businesses have a safety responsibility as well, both to bystanders and to their employees. Training new employees in proper safety practices is vital – according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, 60% of construction injuries occur in an employee’s first year of employment.

Homeowners, property managers, and landscapers all must make safety a priority and remember the dangers associated with construction machinery. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 230,000 injuries are caused by landscaping equipment.

SUGARMAN’s dedicated team of personal injury attorneys are experienced in dealing with claims related to heavy machinery accidents. If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of an accident with heavy equipment, we may be able to help. Contact a Boston personal injury lawyer today by filling out a Contact Form, calling us at 617-542-1000 or emailing