Construction equipment including excavators, bulldozers, dump trucks, snow plows, road pavers, yard dogs, tow motors, fork lifts, backhoes and others get involved in crashes on and off the trafficway. Over the years, the Introtech staff has been called upon to complete several construction equipment accident reconstruction investigations for incidents in salvage yards, maintenance facilities, construction sites, recycling plants and warehouses. These investigations have included vehicle to pedestrian, vehicle to vehicle, vehicle to fixed object, vehicle to power lines, tip overs, fires and mechanical defects. Every crash is unique and has its own challenges. When necessary we involve our support staff for forensic mechanical analysis.
An additional advantage Introtech brings to the construction equipment accident reconstruction investigation process is that several of our staff have worked professionally with these types of vehicles and equipment.
Typical issues for construction equipment cases include:
- Measuring sounds levels of engines and back up alarms
- Training and safety equipment
- Mechanical defects
- Visibility during backing operation or during the transit of a piece of equipment
- Acceleration and deceleration
- Analyzing hydraulic and pneumatic system failures
- Strategy and tactics of pedestrians working in and around construction equipment
- Strategy and tactics of equipment operators