Construction workers, manufacturing workers and farm workers perform some of the most dangerous work in the U.S. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, more workers suffer injuries in these industries than any other. Passersby and other non-workers can be injured at construction and agricultural sites as well. For example, on November 4, 2014, a death was reported at a construction site when a worker on the 50th floor dropped his tape measure, which then struck and killed a delivery driver.
Many of the injuries suffered in industrial and agricultural settings are caused by unsafe equipment or unsafe site practices. When equipment is defective, poorly maintained or used by those who lack adequate training or warnings about the equipment’s risks, serious harm can result.
In these situations, the help of an experienced lawyer is invaluable in protecting your legal rights. Contact James M. Poe, P.C., and learn more about how we can help victims of unsafe industrial and agricultural equipment in Atlanta and across Georgia.
Common Industrial and Agricultural Equipment Injuries
Construction, manufacturing, heavy industry and agriculture all use sophisticated heavy machinery to get the job done. When this machinery fails or is not labeled properly, or if it is not used appropriately, the results can be catastrophic.
Here are just a few ways in which unsafe equipment might cause serious harm on the job:
- Crane collapse or failure – When cranes are overloaded, not secured properly or overextended, they may collapse or tip over. Such an accident can cause serious harm to the crane operator and to anyone else in the area.
- Forklift accidents – Forklifts can cause serious harm when they have defective parts or an unreasonably dangerous design, or when they lack adequate warnings about potential dangers. (Please see the assistance our firm provided to a worker who was injured in a forklift rollover accident due to a defective roll cage.)
- Conveyor accidents – Like many types of manufacturing equipment, conveyors can cause serious injuries, especially if auto-shut-off and other safety features fail or are overridden.
- Sweep auger injuries – Farms and other agricultural workplaces rely on sweep augers to keep silos and other bins clean. When workers are required to get too close to the auger, or when safety features fail, injuries may result.
Who Can Be Held Responsible for Defective Industrial and Agricultural Equipment Injuries?
If defective industrial or agricultural equipment causes harm, more than one party may be at fault. It is crucial to choose a law firm with experience tracing the chain of responsibility and investigating cases thoroughly in order to ensure that all negligent parties are held accountable for their actions.
Parties that might be responsible when unsafe equipment causes injuries include:
- Manufacturers – These parties are responsible for ensuring that the equipment they produce is not defective or unreasonably dangerous and that it comes with adequate warnings and instructions to protect workers from hidden injury risks.
- Distributors – These parties have a duty to provide proper warnings, labeling and/or training about the safe use of industrial or agricultural equipment. A distributor who fails to meet this duty may also be responsible if injuries result.
- Retailers – Those who sell industrial and agricultural equipment also have a role to play in ensuring that workers have non-defective equipment that comes with adequate labeling and warnings about safety risks.
- Operators – While sometimes worker’s compensation laws may bar a claim, on many occasions, the workers’ compensation bar may not apply. Careful analysis of the facts by experienced attorneys is essential to identifying the entity or entities that may potentially be held liable for a particular injury.
When you work with an experienced attorney after an industrial or agricultural equipment injury, you gain an ally with experience examining these complex cases.
Our law firm looks carefully into records and other evidence of the accident and takes the time to learn how the equipment should have worked. We also consult with experts, gaining their valuable insight into the causes of your accident, the extent of your injuries and the long-term impact the accident is likely to have on your life.
Contact our Atlanta Unsafe Industrial and Agricultural Equipment Lawyers
At the law firm of James M. Poe, P.C., our experienced Atlanta product liability attorneys strive to help each of our clients obtain just compensation and hold negligent manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and other parties accountable for their actions. Contact us today to learn how we can assist in your case.