Many workers rely on machines — from electronic equipment to power tools — to perform their jobs. When these machines malfunction, the results can be disastrous or even deadly. According to the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), workers who operate and maintain machinery suffer approximately 18,000 amputations, lacerations, crushing injuries and abrasions each year, while more than 800 lose their lives.
Examples of work accidents caused by machines or equipment include:
- Injuries due to supervision failures
- Injuries due to inadequate training
- Injuries due to defective equipment
- Injuries due to equipment or machines that lack adequate safety guards
- Injuries due to improperly maintained and serviced machines
- Injuries caused due to lack of sufficient protective gear
When workers suffer injuries due to the negligence of others or defective machinery, they are entitled to receive compensation for their injuries and related expenses. For instance, employers have a duty to ensure that workers are provided a safe environment in which to work. This includes keeping machines in proper working order, training employees how to safely operate equipment and ensuring that machines are equipped with proper safety controls.
Equipment manufacturers, supplier and retailers can be held accountable when a defect in the machine causes injury. Examples include equipment with faulty wiring that causes electrical burns or electrocution or a machine without proper guards that causes lacerations or amputations.
While many workplace accidents involving machinery are resolved through workers’ compensation claims, victims may also be entitled to pursue personal injury claims against third parties, such as equipment manufacturers or site managers, who contributed to the accident. At Law Offices of John E. Hill, a Professional Corporation, our experienced California injury attorneys are equipped to handle every aspect of your case.