All types of jobs carry with them an inherent risk of injury. However, some carry a bigger risk than others. When you work with heavy equipment the risk of injury increases exponentially. Heavy equipment accidents are one of the most common types of accidents in the workplace. They tend to occur at factories, construction sites, and oil fields, all of which are very common in the state of Texas.
Why Do Heavy Machinery Accidents Occur?
It is the responsibility of employers to ensure that the equipment that their employees use is properly inspected, maintained, and cared for. Additionally, it is their responsibility to be certain that their employees are properly trained to use such machinery and that they also receive the proper safety equipment to use with such machinery. When companies fail to take the proper steps to do any of the above and someone is injured, they can be held liable.
Injuries that occur as a result of faulty or improperly maintained machinery can be catastrophic – if not deadly. Additionally, if you were injured at work and believe that it was due in part to the negligence of someone besides your employer or due to a faulty piece of machinery, you may also have a claim against a third-party.
Common Types of Heavy Machinery Accidents
As mentioned, when heavy machinery or equipment is not properly inspected or maintained, or when someone isn’t trained properly on how to use the equipment or lacks proper safety protection, it can result in serious accidents. Common types of heavy machinery accidents include the following:
- Defective machinery or equipment accidents
- Inadequate safety equipment or protective gear
- Faulty power tool accidents
- Amputations or injuries involving the loss of limbs
- Caught in between or stuck between accidents
- Backhoe accidents
- Crane accidents
- Bulldozer accidents
- Car accidents (work-related)
- Skin burns
- Slip and fall accidents
- Restaurant stove accidents
- Grinder (restaurant) accidents
- Flash blindness (welders)
- Impact accidents
- Failure to warn of hazards such as holes in the ground
- Other fatal workplace accidents
The Attorneys at Rochelle McCullough Help Those in Houston Who Have Been Injured in an Accident at Work Due to Heavy Machinery
The lawyers at Rochelle McCullough help victims of workplace heavy machinery accidents to get their lives and their livelihood back on track. If you suffered an injury due to a heavy machinery accident, we may be able to help. You may be entitled to compensation. A heavy machinery accident can have a huge impact on many aspects of your life. When you have already dealt with so much and wish to focus on your recovery, the last thing you want to worry about is dealing with insurance companies and claims. You should never have to pay the price for someone else’s mistakes. It’s imperative that you speak with a lawyer as quickly as possible to protect your rights. Call the lawyers at Rochelle McCullough today!