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From farms to factories, we depend on machines for our everyday lives. Workers expect and depend on the tools, vehicles, and devices they work with to be safe and perform as intended. Machines that are poorly-designed or defective have the potential to cause debilitating injuries. The following are causes of workplace machinery accidents:
In some cases, flaws in the way a piece of machinery is designed makes it inherently dangerous. In others, defects arise while the equipment is being manufactured. When these flaws interfere with the operation of machinery, human lives may be in danger.
Every worker using or interacting with machinery of any kind should be thoroughly trained on how to use equipment safely, according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Workers should also have a plan in place to deal with emergencies, including knowing how to disable machines.
Workers in a variety of industries are required to wear goggles, hard hats, protective footwear, and other safety gear to prevent burns, cuts, broken bones, and amputations. When these safety regulations are not enforced or safety gear is not made readily available to workers, employers are endangering lives.
Vehicles, tools, and factory machines may be sound in design and production, but if they are not well-maintained over years of use, they can break down over time and become unsafe. Routine inspections should be a standard procedure at every factory and construction site.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is tasked with ensuring that employers practice work safety and hold them accountable when they do not. OSHA requires employers to maintain machinery, assess damage, and make necessary repairs. Employers should train every employee utilizing or encountering machinery, and ensure each worker has the necessary protective gear for the equipment they are using.
Employees who become ill or injured by defective, broken, or neglected machines, devices, or vehicles are eligible to receive Workers’ Compensation benefits. This important form of financial support helps injured men and women pay for essential medical care related to their injuries, and it fills in the gap for workers who no longer earn an income because of their injuries.
Employees who are hurt by defective products may also seek compensation through a third-party personal injury claim. This is an option when someone other than their employer is responsible for the defects with the machinery. Injured workers are always advised to seek the assistance of an experienced work injury lawyer to achieve a good resolution for their injury claim.
If you were injured at work, the Milford work injury lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow will assess and manage every aspect of your claim, including doing the work necessary to prove the extent and nature of your injuries for an effective claim. Call us at 302-422-6705 or contact us online for a free initial consultation today. With locations in Wilmington, Bear, and Milford, Delaware, we proudly serve clients throughout the state, including Elsmere and Seaford.