What kinds of industrial products cause workplace injuries?
Industrial equipment linked to serious on-the-job injuries and fatalities is incredibly varied and diverse, spanning a multitude of industries. Workplace accidents involving heavy equipment and machinery often cause amputations and other debilitating injuries, a lifetime of pain and suffering, and even an impaired ability to work and limited career options. The only way to minimize the long-term effects of your injuries so that you can provide for yourself and your family is to seek fair compensation for your injuries. Our industrial accident lawyers are here to help evaluate your case without obligation and free of charge.
With the exception of Amish villages and similar horse-and-plow communities, most farming in the United States is done with heavy machinery and high-tech equipment. Tractors and combines harvest crops, automated balers form the crops into bales or bundles, conveyor belts help move large quantities in a speedy fashion, and so on. But with all this automation comes the risk of devastating injury or death if the agricultural machinery is defective, poorly maintained, or improperly operated.
Malfunctions may result from defective design or implementation in farm equipment, affecting things like motors, tires and moving parts. Large, heavy farm equipment may become deadly as a result of these defects, posing hazards such as rollover, crushing or amputation as farmers lose control.
Farming Injuries and Fatalities
- Every day, about 100 agricultural workers suffer a lost-work-time injury, according to The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
- In 2017, 416 farmers and farm workers died from a work-related injury, resulting in a fatality rate of 20.4 deaths per 100,000 workers. Transportation incidents, which include tractor overturns were the leading cause of death for these farmers and farmworkers.
- The most effective way to prevent tractor overturn deaths is the use of a Roll-Over Protective Structure (ROPS) with a seatbelt. In 2014, 62% of tractors used on farms in the US were equipped with ROPS. If ROPS were placed on all tractors used on US farms manufactured since the mid-1960s, the prevalence of ROPS-equipped tractors could be increased to over 80%.
Much like manufacturing equipment, construction equipment spans many different types of environments. Defective construction equipment can range from cranes to excavators to logging skidders.
Beasley Allen’s on-the-job injury lawyers have represented numerous clients involved in defective crane cases. In several of the cases, workers were injured when the cranes tipped over as a result of poorly designed stability outriggers. Many cranes and boom trucks have outriggers that extend beyond the perimeters of the vehicle in order to provide stability during crane or boom operations.
We also have represented construction workers who were crushed on the job when an excavator bucket detached from a large excavator and fell on them. Workers involved in this type of accident may become trapped under the bucket, causing them to sustain serious crush injuries and requiring a lengthy extrication process. Sometimes, this results in amputation and long-term effects from internal injuries. Often, a manufacturer will blame operator error when an accident like this happens, but simple design changes could completely prevent this type failure from occurring in the first place.
Many construction site accidents involve skidders, which are a type of heavy vehicle used in logging operations for pulling cut trees out of a forest. The skidder operator is exposed to numerous environmental hazards. Skidders manufactured before 1991 are defectively designed with the occupant’s protective system leaving the operator vulnerable to becoming seriously injured by objects in the woods. These machines were designed, built, and sold without doors. Doorless skidders leave the operator exposed to is being struck and seriously or fatally injured by trees or other saplings while skidding.
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