What are some types of heavy machinery accidents?
There are lots of different types of heavy machinery that require someone skilled to operate them. Almost half a million workers operate heavy machinery every year. Some of the top industries that employees these workers include:
- Construction sites
- Bridge construction
- State and other government projects
- Utility companies
- Specialty trades
Workers in these industries could be operating: pavers, backhoes, cranes, dump trucks, excavators, front end loaders, and more. These are huge pieces of machinery that can cause much damage in an accident.
What are common injuries in heavy machinery accidents?
An operator of heavy machinery must pay attention to themselves as well as their surroundings. It is their responsibility to maintain a safe work environment. In an accident, the heavy machinery can injure innocent bystanders. Some of the most common types of injuries from accidents include:
- Rollover and tip injuries: Over 50% of deaths in heavy machinery accidents occur because the machinery rolls over. Rollover accidents are one of the most catastrophic accidents that occur on the road, so it makes sense that these accidents have a high fatality rate in the workplace.
- Backup and collision: Operators need to pay attention to their surroundings, or they could crash into other machinery, buildings, and more. Sometimes, these accidents occur when machinery runs over a worker.
- Repetitive Motion: Just like working any job, repetitive motions can cause injuries. Operators are required to run machinery for several hours a day. It is common for operators to have injuries with their tendons and muscles
- Loss of hearing: There is a significant amount of noise in most industrial settings. If workers don’t wear earplugs, they can suffer from hearing loss.
Unsafe machinery is the cause of many workplace accidents
Other than operator error, unsafe machinery is one of the most common causes of heavy machinery accidents. Some of these instances could include:
- Machinery that has the flywheel exposed
- An unguarded blade, pulley belt, cutter, or emery wheel
- Electrical machinery that isn’t correctly grounded insulated or has exposed wires
- Equipment that has faulty warning alarms or sensors
- Cranes and other machinery that hasn’t been adequately maintained
- Machinery with moving parts like woodchippers, meat grinders or food slicers
Machinery that lacks proper safety equipment or maintenance can cause amputations, cuts, broken bones, and even death. If you have been injured by heavy machinery in the workplace, it is time to call a professional. Contact us today for your free consultation.
Should I file a workers’ compensation claim?
Absolutely. Most workers’ compensation will not cover all of your expenses, but it will help. Legally, you can’t be sure your employer for damages and injuries you have sustained in a workplace accident. However, there could be third parties responsible, and you can file a lawsuit against them. Ultimately, the process to file any claims can be lengthy, so you need to get started as soon as possible.
Who is at an increased risk for heavy machinery accidents?
Construction and industrial workers are at the highest risk of heavy machinery accidents. Worksites are filled with lots of machinery that can cause significant and minor accidents. We have represented clients that have been injured by many different types of machinery, some of which include:
- Robotic heavy machinery
- Air compressors
- Drill presses
- Belt grinders
- Hydraulic presses
- Auto lifts
- Band Saws
- Sheet metal punches
My boss is helpful, do I need a lawyer?
Yes. Just because workers’ compensation was created to protect you, it doesn’t mean that it always works. There are some situations where workers’ compensation claims are denied. There are paths you can take to appeal this decision, and a lawyer is essential in the process. Don’t jeopardize the approval of your workers’ compensation claim by handling it on your own. Seek out an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer.
I’m afraid I’m going to lose my job
This is a common concern, and we understand your fears. However, working injured will not help you keep your job. Workers’ compensation was created to give workers time to heal from their injuries so that they can get back to work. It is illegal to fire an employee because they have taken out a workers’ compensation claim. It would help if you weren’t afraid to go after the compensation that you deserve.
Is Will filing a workers’ compensation claim affect my future employment?
No. You can’t be denied a job because you have filed a workers’ compensation claim in the past. It is illegal to hire or fire someone based on workers’ compensation claims. If you feel like you have been denied a job because of a previously filed application, you should reach out to us immediately.
What do I do if my claim is denied?
You are already going through so much, and having your claim denied can be overwhelming. Luckily, an experienced lawyer can help support you through the process. It is essential that you seek legal counsel the minute that you find your claim is denied. There is a short window where you can appeal your decision
You deserve support through this difficult time
Healing from a serious injury is severe enough without the stress of handling your case on your own. We want to help you file your claim. Contact Bader Scott Injury Lawyers today to set up an appointment.