Heavy Machinery Accidents
Published in Uncategorized on November 23, 2020.
Heavy machinery accidents are one of the worst injuries that can happen on the job. They leave victims with severe pain, altered lifestyles, and insurmountable medical bills. If you need help after sustaining such an injury, a lawyer can help.
Many Americans work around and with heavy machinery on the job. While this machinery is necessary, it is often hazardous. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2018, work-injury incidents involving contact with objects and equipment increased by 13 percent (from 695 to 786) with a 17 percent increase in workers struck by falling objects or equipment, and a 39 percent increase in workers caught in running equipment or machinery. If you or a family member sustained an injury involving heavy machinery, you need a Macon workers accident lawyer on your side.
The Causes of Heavy Machinery Accidents on the Job
OSHA regulates the use of heavy machinery operation on construction and job sites. There are very specific guidelines for different types of cranes, hoists, conveyors, elevators, and other heavy pieces of equipment and machinery. Serious consequences exist for OSHA safety violations. These include substantial fines, construction site shutdowns, and civil liability on the part of the construction company and developer.
Machinery accidents can happen for many reasons, including careless, reckless, or negligent actions by others on the job site such as:
- Inadequate or lack of pre-planning
- Weak structural foundations for construction equipment
- Electrical hazards
- Improper training and experience with heavy machinery
- Site supervisors or superintendents who are untrained or incompetent
- Improper equipment setup
- Wrong equipment selected for a project
- Mishandling equipment
- Defective or improperly maintained equipment
- Violation of safety protocols
Even if you aren’t sure what caused your heavy machinery injuries, it’s still worthwhile to meet with an experienced Macon workers accident attorney.
Who is Liable for Your Injuries?
Determining who is liable for your heavy machinery accident injuries is just one job of a Macon workers accident lawyer. It’s essential to make this determination to know how to hold accountable for your injuries. Sometimes more than one party can be liable. These parties might include the:
- General contractor who is responsible for ensuring a safe work environment on a job site
- Owner of the project site who also could be responsible for maintaining a safe work site
- Equipment manufacturer if the machinery or equipment is defective
Your physical pain, mental anguish, physical limitations, disfigurement, medical costs, and loss of earning capacity deserve compensation. The party liable for causing your injuries should provide you with full and fair compensation.
Let a Macon Workers Accident Attorney Help You Recover the Money You Deserve for Your Injuries
Injuries caused by heavy machinery can have devastating and lasting effects in your life and in the lives of those you love. Significant injuries can take time and tens of thousands of dollars to recover from. If your accident was preventable and occurred due to another party’s negligence, it’s time to talk to a lawyer at Nelson & Smith Attorneys at Law. Receive your free no-obligation accident case review with an experienced Macon workers accident attorney by calling (478) 746-1468 or contacting us online today.