Cement Truck Accidents
Cement truck accidents are very severe. Cement trucks are massive vehicles. They often weigh over 30,000 pounds unloaded. After concrete is added, they weigh in excess of 60,000 lbs.
With such a massive weight, these trucks are very difficult to stop quickly. If a cement truck driver is distracted, he will rarely be able to avoid an unexpected situation.
Additionally, there is a lot of pressure on the drivers of these trucks as once water is added to the mixture it often hardens in 75-90 minutes pressuring drivers to hurry to get to a pour site.
Then there's the axle problem. The trucks are so heavy they put tremendous pressure on the axels, which if not carefully inspected can give way unexpectedly.
There are many checklists that concrete workers should follow to ensure optimal safety. See, for example, this site (http://courses.washington.edu/cm425/BBCP.pdf)
Finally, the tremendous weight of these cement trucks makes them very susceptible to rollover accidents.
Above is a scary video showing what it looks like when one of these trucks rolls over.
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