INJURY OR DEATH FROM CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT
This Guide discusses injuries caused by construction equipment, most common OSHA violations and the steps to take in case of an injury or wrongful death.
How does the injury happen?Dangerous equipment and machinery can cause serious and catastrophic injuries, including burns, broken bones, neck and back injuries, knee and shoulder damage, spinal cord injuries, amputation and even death. The injury may happen in one of several ways: slips, trips, falls, being caught in or struck by moving machinery, transportation and vehicle-related accidents, fires and explosions. An employer has a duty to establish safety measures to protect the worker from injuries. The most cited OSHA violations in 2018 were as follows:
1. Fall Protection
2. Hazard Communication
3. Scaffolding - General Requirements
4. Respiratory Protection
5. Control of Hazardous Energy - Lockout/Tagout
7. Powered Industrial Trucks
8. Fall Protection – Training Requirements
9. Machine Guarding– General Requirement
10. Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment – Eye and Face Protection
What steps should I take?It is crucial to seek immediate medical help. You should also consult with an attorney who will seek compensation for your pain and suffering, diminished function and mobility, medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages. Call 267-414-0231 for more information if you (or your loved one) have suffered an injury from construction equipment.
Irena Shiloh, Esquire