Federal and local regulations are designed to keep individuals safe. These often govern not only working conditions, but also design and operation of different types of machinery, to make sure a certain level of safety is inherent in even the most basic machine and its design. In most cases, these have proved effective. In the last two decades, fewer people have been injured when using power tools in the home. However, accidents do happen, even to the most careful and conscientious people. And it’s no surprise that a large number of accidents occur as a result of using heavy equipment – anything from mobile cranes on a construction site to bulldozers rented to dig in the back yard, or power saws used to cut wood for a treehouse.
Getting Help in Louisiana starts at Chris J. Roy, Jr. Law Firm
If you’ve been hurt or injured using heavy equipment, you need a highly qualified and experienced attorney on your side to protect your rights. Louisiana personal injury attorney Chris J. Roy, Jr. and the Chris J. Roy, Jr. Law Firm, are ready to help. Chris has the knowledge and experience needed to investigate the situation and craft a case to make sure you receive the maximum compensation you deserve. For nearly three decades, Chris J. Roy and his team of seasoned attorneys have filed successful claims for personal injury victims in Alexandria, Pineville, Rapides Parish, Grant Parish, and throughout Central Louisiana. While large enough to handle the big cases, the firm is small enough to provide the individual attention that your case deserves. If you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment, contact us online or call 1-318-487-9537. You pay nothing out of pocket until your case is successfully completed.
What is Heavy Equipment and Machinery?
Most times, heavy equipment refers to equipment used for heavy lifting, usually in construction, mining, large-scale forestry or other occupations. However, it can refer to even equipment used at home, including bulldozers and other equipment that goes beyond the average, every-day task. Heavy machinery used in the home can include power tools ranging from riding lawn mowers to large table saws.
Common Heavy Machinery Accidents
Injuries from heavy machinery at a worksite are most often caused by:
Being crushed beneath an overturned vehicle
Being pinned between machinery and a wall or other surface
Being hit/crushed by moving machinery.
Common Injuries and Statistics
Most heavy equipment and machinery injuries occur at the workplace, especially on construction sites. According to statistics compiled by The Center for Construction Research and Training, mobile equipment and heavy vehicles, including dump trucks, are to blame for many workers’ injuries. The Center’s findings include:
Vehicles and mobile heavy equipment caused 7,681 deaths between 1992 and 2004, or 404 annually.
More than 268 construction worker fatalities were recorded between 2003 and 2010, with 100 being caused by dump trucks.
Of all fatalities, most were laborers hit by vehicles on site.
Laborers and operating engineers were those most likely to be killed or injured
Work-place and construction sites are far from the only danger areas for heavy equipment and machinery injuries. According to HealthGrove, nearly 125,000 injuries occur in the home each year as the result of using power tools that include everything from table saws to nail guns. The most common injuries are to the eyes, fingers and hands.
Liability in Louisiana
In the case of an accident or injury because of heavy equipment or machinery, liability depends on the situation. If the injury occurs on a job, liability may rest with an employer, especially if safety issues or regulations have been breached or the machinery is not up to standards or is being used in an unsafe manner. If the machinery itself is at fault, especially in the case of home injuries, liability may lie with the manufacturer, including the entire chain from the dealership to safety technicians. In some cases, liability may be the responsibility of several parties. Again, liability is determined by the injury and the situation.
The Chris J. Roy, Jr. Law Firm has practiced from offices in Alexandria, Louisiana, for nearly 30 years. They have the resources to handle large cases but the integrity to treat clients like the individuals they are. The Chris J. Roy, Jr. Law Firm has the knowledge and experience to help you with all your personal injury needs. If you have any questions or would like to set up a consultation, contact us online or call us at 318.487.9537.
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