Men and women who work with industrial equipment and heavy machinery are often subjected to workplace environments that are not in compliance with current state and federal OSHA requirements. Injuries resulting from accidents caused by industrial equipment are often very serious and can leave a worker partially or completely disabled, and can even cause wrongful death. It is likely that you will need extensive hospitalization and treatment to recover from these types of injuries. You need an attorney with years of experience in these types of claims to fight for you, and ensure you receive the maximum compensation for your pain and suffering.
DEFECTIVE MACHINERY, TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
The most common cause of industrial accidents is machine and equipment malfunction. Some of the most dangerous equipment and tools that manufacturing workers handle on a daily basis include:
- Conveyor belts
- Packaging systems
- Drills, dyes, cutters and presses
- Forklifts and front-end loaders
- Nail guns, saws and heavy power tools
- Lifts and cranes
Injuries caused by these types of machinery include hand, arm and shoulder damage, lost fingers, crushed hands and more. Industrial equipment can also cause severe burns, cranial trauma and brain injury, and eye damage. In some cases, workers are even killed by manufacturing equipment.
FAILURE TO TRAIN/WARN
Many accidents occur in the manufacturing industry as a result of poor training or total lack of training with heavy machinery. It is the responsibility of the employer to ensure all workers are appropriately trained on the proper and safe usage of the equipment.
Industrial equipment is also required to have standardized warning labels indicating the hazards associated with that piece of equipment. Warning labels must be present on pieces of machinery that pose a direct hazard to workers.