Dangerous Machinery at Work
Throughout New Jersey, employers rely on heavy machinery to get work done. From factories and construction sites, to hospitals and food processing plants, machines are an integral part of daily business operations.
Industrial machinery and equipment must be properly maintained by employers in order to ensure the safety of employee who work on it. Additionally, employers must adequately train employees to work on and around industrial equipment, and make sure that all proper signage and safety gear is provided. These precautionary measures are intended to prevent work injuries and protect workers from harms and losses that could threaten their livelihood.
At The Reinartz Law Firm, we represent people who have been injured by dangerous or defective machinery. We know all too well how failure to comply with required safety protocols can endanger the lives and well-being of workers.
Types of Injuries Caused by Dangerous Machinery
Heavy machinery has a reputation for crushing or trapping fingers and other body parts. Machine injuries can range from minor to catastrophic, and may involve amputation, de-gloving of the skin and even death. This is why appropriate protective measures must be provided to employees who are required to work on heavy machinery. Safety glasses, ventilators, aprons, gloves and hard hats are examples of personal safety equipment that may be appropriate for employees to wear while operating heavy machinery in certain situations. Machine safety guards, alarms and automatic shut down switches are examples of safety measures that may be needed on a machine to keep the employees safe.
Employers are responsible for keeping up with maintenance and complying with applicable laws and regulations to ensure workplace safety. For example, it be necessary for an employer to require regular breaks for employees operating certain equipment to prevent complacency and dulling of the senses that could cause injury.
The Impact of Machine-Related Injuries
Catastrophic machine injuries often result in more than just immediate pain. Surgeries, lengthy rehabilitation, disability, loss of enjoyment of life and medical bills also frequently accompany these injuries.
An industrial machine accident can adversely affect you for the rest of your life. The lawyers at the Reinartz Law Firm can help. Our personal injury lawyers focus on workplace injuries caused by dangerous machinery. We can investigate your case and bring suit against all negligent parties responsible for the defective machine that caused the injury. This may include claims against the designer, manufacturer, seller, maintainer or owner of the machine. Call today to speak with a lawyer.