What are the common causes of saw accidents?
There are many different causes for saw accidents and the devastating effect they can have on victims. Some of the more common causes include:
- Negligent supervision
- Improper training
- Improperly maintained or inspected saws and equipment
- Defective saws or cutting machinery
- Missing or faulty protective equipment
- ”Kickbacks” from table saws
- Failure to maintain guards on saws
A functional guard is required by law
One of the more common causes for saw or cutting blade injuries on construction sites is the failure of the contractor or site owner to ensure that these types of tools are equipped with safety guards. Unguarded saws and other power blades can pose a serious risk of injury to workers. In response to this, the New York Department of Labor has laid out specific safety requirements for the use of power-driven cutting tools, such as saws, saws at construction sites under Industrial Code 23-1.12(c).
In accordance with the Code, every hand-operated, power driven, and portable saw that does not come with a saw table (except circular brush and chain saws) must be equipped with a safety guard fixed over the base plate in order to fully protect the worker from contact with the saw or cutting blade when it is in operation. In addition, the Code indicates that a self-adjusting movable safety guard must also be provided under the base plate, which will fully cover the saw or cutting blade to the depth of its teeth when the blade is removed from the cut. If there is a violation of this Code, then it is your right as a worker to hold the responsible party, or parties, accountable.
Who is liable for saw & cutting blade accidents?
When a saw or cutting blade accident occurs, there can be a number of different parties liable. Some of the more common parties include contractors, sub-contractors, manufacturers, shipping companies, and other outside vendors. In addition, other workers on the job site could also be liable for any injuries sustained as a result of a saw or cutting blade accident. Due to the various parties that could be held responsible, it is imperative you contact the “Bull” and his team of attorneys at the Law Office of Michael S. Lamonsoff to ensure all responsible parties are held accountable.
What types of saw or cutting blade injuries can warrant a third-party lawsuit?
If you are injured while working on a job site, then a workers’ compensation claim can be brought for medical bills, a portion of your lost wages, and disability. However, third-party lawsuits can also be brought against other negligent parties that played a role in a saw or cutting accident. For example, the general contractor running a job site that fails to provide a saw with a proper functional guard can be held responsible for any injuries sustained in a saw accident. Some of the damages that can be brought against a party such as this include past pain and suffering and future pain and suffering. If you are injured as a result of a saw or cutting blade accident on a job site, you need to immediately call the “Bull” to ensure all of the necessary steps are taken to bring a third-party lawsuit and receive the compensation you deserve.
If you or someone you know was the victim of a saw or cutting blade accident, you must immediately call the “Bull” and his experienced team of attorneys to ensure that all proper steps are taken, the responsible parties are held accountable, and maximum compensation is won. The deduction, drive, and relentless nature of the attorneys at the firm is unmatched in not only New York City, but throughout the rest of the country. Remember, all initial consultations are free, and no fee is owed unless we win your case. At the Law Office of Michael S. Lamonsoff, winning is our only option.