The coming spring season means greater activity in the agricultural and construction sectors as well as home improvement projects. While this is positive news for the Alabama economy, it also means greater risk for heavy equipment job accidents and injuries.
In fact, just last week a man lost his life in Belle Fontaine in a tractor accident just south of Mobile County, Alabama. Elmer Hultquist was attempting to pull out a tree with his tractor when his tractor flipped over onto him.
As we get closer to spring and warmer weather, please make sure that any heavy equipment you own is equipped with a ROPS (roll-over protection system). Manufacturers were forced to put ROPS on their heavy equipment after personal injury lawsuits across the country resulted in large damage awards for severely injured or killed operators of heavy equipment that rolled over while in use.
The personal injury attorneys of Long & Long urge anyone who owns a tractor and other heavy equipment this spring to make sure that your vehicle is equipped with ROPS. ROPS is designed to protect the operator of a tractor or other heavy vehicle in the event of a roll-over accident, and can be crucial for preventing serious bodily injuries, including traumatic brain injury and paralysis.