Whether it’s handling nail guns, jackhammers, bulldozers, cranes, or even forklifts, there are several dangers that can be associated with handling heavy machinery. Nonetheless, it is customary for construction workers to use these kinds of tools while they are on the job. An injured construction worker deserves effective medical care and the replacement of any lost wages, if they have suffered an injury due to an accident at work. The misuse of these dangerous tools can lead to serious and even fatal injuries. Therefore, it is important for employers/construction companies to keep a safe work environment to eliminate the possibility of such injuries.
A construction company should be using safe practices to keep employees protected on the job. These safe practices include:
● Performing routine repairs or maintenance on machinery or equipment only after the power is off, and the machinery or equipment is blocked against hazardous motion.
● When locking/tagging out: use individual locks and tags with each machine. Do not allow unauthorized individuals to remove their locks.
● Inspect the machinery prior to use and immediately take out of service (and tag) if any safety defects are identified.
● Before working on machinery or equipment, consider all energy hazards including electrical, mechanical, pneumatic, and hydraulic systems.
These practices are a few of the many guidelines set out by OSHA to ensure a safe work environment. When a construction company/employer chooses to ignore this protocol, they subject a construction worker to the possibility of life-altering injuries. Injuries caused by heavy machinery can include amputations, broken bones/fractures, back and neck injuries, disfigurement, crushing injuries, and even unfortunate fatalities.
The OSHA sets out regulations to prevent construction workers from getting injured and to ensure safe work practices. If you have been injured on the job, it is likely that your employer failed to abide by these regulations. Some employers will avoid OSHA regulations and cut corners in order to save time and money. If you have been a victim of such an injury, you should contact a personal injury attorney immediately. You may be entitled to compensation. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff are experienced in working with personal injury and are equipped to handle your case. Please contact us immediately and get the compensation you deserve!