Nearly every industry uses some type of machinery to complete necessary
tasks every day. These machines and equipment are vital to performing
work efficiently and quickly. However, many work-related injuries arise
from the use of machines, and some machinery is especially dangerous for
workers. Employers must ensure that all workplace equipment is safe and
in good working order.
As gears turn, blades cut, and presses compact items, each movement may
carry thousands of pounds of force behind it. If a worker's uniform,
gloves, or a body part is trapped in the mechanism, they could face serious
and permanent damage, including death.
According to the
Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the most dangerous actions and motions performed by machines include:
- Power presses
- Press brakes
- Tubing benders
- Slitter machines
- Hydraulically or pneumatically powered shears
Staying Safe Around Dangerous Machines
Even seemingly insignificant pieces of a machine can lead to a serious
disaster. For instance, an unsecured lever could catch on a worker's
pocket and drag them under a dangerous mechanism. The inherent dangers
of powerful machines make it essential for workers to be trained in all
relevant operational and safety practices. The importance of vigilance
should be stressed constantly.
Safety equipment can also play a key role in protecting workers from harm
when handling dangerous machinery. Guards should be utilized on cutting
devices such as band saws. Often these guards may be removed by employers
causing workplace machines to become lethal.
Equipment to protect against machinery accidents includes:
- Face shields
- Steel-toed boots
- Barriers guarding around pinch points
- Machine cut-offs in the event of emergency
Amputations are the most common injuries resulting from serious machinery accidents,
which can leave workers with overwhelming medical bill whie unable to
work. The cost of hospital visits, surgeries, medications, rehabilitation,
and any needed prosthetics or other medical equipment may loom over injured
workers for years to come. If a settlement is offered for a severe injury
like this, victims and their families may see it as a quick solution to
their immediate financial burdens, but it is important to make sure that
any amount received will fully cover the costs associated with an injury
of this magnitude.
The attorneys of Arnold & Itkin have helped hundreds of workers seek
compensation for injuries sustained in industries including construction,
oil and gas, and manufacturing. We can review any settlement offered to
you and your family and help you determine if it fully covers the costs
of your injuries. If you have not been offered a fair amount, we can help
you obtain what you are rightfully due.
Contact us today to learn how we can help you get fairly compensated for your injuries.