Malfunctioning Machinery & Equipment Lawyers

Construction is regularly cited as one of the most hazardous industries in the country. This year, construction workers were ranked #13 out of the top 25 most dangerous jobs in America. Construction workers ofter work at great heights and interact with heavy equipment, powerful tools, and dangerous heavy machinery on a daily basis. If their machinery or equipment malfunctions, or their tools and equipment are defective, their exposure to risk increases tremendously and can cause serious injury.

When a mistake is made on a construction site and a worker suffers an injury or fatality due to malfunctioning machinery and equipment, or defective tools, it is important to seek justice for the victim and the victim’s family. 

Heavy Machinery Malfunction

There are many types of heavy machinery and equipment commonly used in construction. Their sheer weight and massive structure require properly trained operators and maintenance to ensure safe operation, but even with the best training and maintenance, accidents with occur. Given their size and power, these tools are effective for getting construction jobs done, but can be deadly when not used properly. The heavy machinery and equipment most commonly involved in construction accidents include: 

  • Aerial lifts (boom lifts, scissor lifts, vertical mass lifts)
  • Asphalt pavers
  • Backhoe loaders
  • Bulldozers
  • Cranes
  • Crawler dozers
  • Dump trucks
  • Excavators
  • Forklifts
  • Front end loaders
  • Ladders
  • Large hydraulic tools
  • Rollers
  • Roofing
  • Scaffold
  • Scrapers
  • Skid steer loaders
  • Spreaders
  • Wheel loaders

Equipment Accidents

There are many different types of equipment accidents that can occur on a construction site, including:

  • Collapse accidents
  • Collision accidents
  • Crush accidents (inadvertent activation)
  • Electrical accidents
  • Fall accidents (lack of fall protection)
  • Tip overs accidents

There are many different causes of these types of accidents, including:

  • Defective tools and equipment
  • Failure to inspect tools and equipment
  • Lack of proper safety gear and equipment
  • Lack of training
  • Lack of warning signs or barricades
  • Overloaded equipment
  • Structure collapse
  • Unsecured items being hoisted or moved with a crane

Unfortunately, many falling object accidents at construction sites could have been prevented, so when the property owner, supervisor, manager, contractor, subcontractor, or equipment maker fails to put the safety of workers first, they should be held responsible for the harm caused. Suffering a construction workplace injury can be very stressful, so let our experienced attorneys, who understand the complex laws that apply to these cases, provide you legal support. Contact our team of attorneys at McEldrew Young Purtell today by filling out our form or calling 1-800-590-4116. We are hard-working lawyers for hard-working people.

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