What are the dangers associated with defective farm equipment?
We currently represent a young man who tragically lost his leg when he became entangled in a tractor-mounted post hole auger. We have handled entanglement injury cases before and know from past experience that these type injuries are always serious and sometimes fatal.
Although the potential for entanglement in rotating equipment has been discussed in industry literature for decades, manufacturers have failed to incorporate safer designs that would prevent such horrific and life-altering injuries. Recently some of the manufacturers have come around and have begun to include guarding and warnings, however there is a huge inventory of older unguarded equipment still in use on farms and construction sites across the country waiting to maim someone.
The typical tractor mounted post hole auger is attached to a tractor using the three-point hitch. The “drive” for the auger is provided by attaching it to the power take off (PTO) by using a short drive shaft. All too often, the junction of the drive shaft to the auger gearbox is unguarded and presents exposed rotating bolts that can grab, injure or kill. Usually, the victim is an unsuspecting helper working to position the auger as it bores into the ground.
What can I do if I have been injured by defective farm equipment?
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury as the result of defective farm equipment, you may be entitled to compensation. For a free legal consultation, contact us today!