Defective Machinery and Equipment Accidents
New York Personal Injury Lawyer
The construction industry is laden with occupational hazards, but many of these accidents are preventable, including the nearly 1,000 annual fatalities due to machinery. Defective machinery is one of the leading causes of death and injury in the construction industry. Many times employees, employers, and/or manufacturers may very well be at fault for any casualties. If you or a loved one has been in such a construction accident, then chances are, you are entitled to compensation.
If you have suffered from a construction accident, then we at the Law Offices of Gary E. Rosenberg, P.C., understand that this is a tough time for you. We want to help you achieve justice by helping you receive a settlement that will cover your pain and suffering, medical bills, and lost wages. Whether you need to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim, we can help you build your claim, and work relentlessly to get it accepted.
Types of Accidents Caused by Faulty Construction Equipment
There are many possible reasons that someone else may be at fault, just as there are many possible accidents due to faulty equipment. Problems with forklifts, cranes, ladders, and scaffolding are just some of the issues that can place a worker in jeopardy. Improper scaffolding erection can lead to disastrous falls. Scaffolds must be made of sturdy material that is able to carry the weight it needs to. Guardrails, midrails, and toeboards must all be in place and properly bolted down. There cannot be any loose objects, such as concrete blocks or loose bricks, resting on the scaffolding. These structures must be regularly inspected. They also should be in place 10 feet or more away from power lines. Failure in any of these measures can lead to catastrophic injury or even tragic death.
With cranes, a careless operator can further contribute to already present dangers. The machine itself must be in good condition and regularly maintained against any defects. Wire ropes or chains should be inspected for soundness as well. Cranes should not carry anything above their weight capacity. Both supervisors and workers must adhere to safety regulations, or else disaster can ensue. When a crane collapses, a manufacturer may very well be at fault as well.
Misuse of a forklift can quickly cause a machine failure leading to injury or death. The driver must be qualified and operate the vehicle properly. The forklift should not go any faster than five miles per hour. The tires must be in good repair and it should be someone's job to regularly inspect the machine. A worker should ensure that the rollover protective structure is in place before operating the equipment, and make certain that the signal alarm must be in working order. Even ladders need to be inspected to assure that there are no bent rails, flaws, or slippery materials present. Regulations about weight loads must be strictly adhered to. Any violations of protocol can cause equipment defect, or if the equipment is already be flawed it can cause severe injury.
If a manufacturer, supervisor, or worker fails to uphold these regulations, this can cause electrical injuries, damage to the spinal cord, crushed limbs, broken bones, traumatic brain injury, and more. Death can result from the collapse or failure of construction machinery. These can all be due to failure on the part of a supervisor to properly inspect everything, or in the manufacturer to provide good quality material. A worker can fail to adhere to safety regulations and the proper use of equipment, damaging the machinery, which may lead to catastrophe.
Queens Personal Injury Lawyer Can Seek the Compensation You Deserve
When you need an attorney who will care for you and provide tough representation to safeguard your rights, you can look to the Law Offices of Gary E. Rosenberg, P.C. A Queens personal injury lawyer from our firm can examine your case and determine who is at fault, then strive to win the full compensation that you deserve. Whether you encounter steep medical bills, lost wages, and perhaps even funeral and burial fees, you do not need to face these hardships alone. Our firm is committed to helping you move on in life after a construction accident. Your case can expire, so start immediately to pursue the settlement to which you are entitled.
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