Common Causes of Fatal Work Accidents in Ohio
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Industrial facilities and construction sites are often occupied by various types of heavy machinery and dangerous equipment. Although workers at these sites are often highly trained to safely handle and operate these pieces of equipment, the possibility of serious heavy equipment accidents occurring always exists. In some of the most severe cases, workers can become disabled or even lose their lives when something goes wrong in heavy equipment accidents.
An accident you incur on the job involving heavy equipment can prove devastating to you. If you have suffered a debilitating injury due to a heavy equipment accident in the workplace, our legal team at Kisling, Nestico & Redick can provide you with the representation you need to secure the compensation you deserve.
Your employer’s responsibility is to provide you with a safe working environment. This involves supplying you with tested and safe equipment, as well as proper training for using heavy equipment and following on-site safety procedures. However, if your employer fails to meet any of these obligations and you suffer an injury as a result, you and your family may have a right to obtain compensation for your losses.
Heavy construction or building equipment refers to any large tool, machinery, vehicle, or equipment used in a variety of projects or industry types:
Whenever workers function near heavy equipment and vehicles at an industrial, construction, or other types of site, there is always a potential risk involved to human life. Some of the more frequent causes of death and injury resulting from heavy equipment accidents include heavy equipment or trucks striking workers on foot and equipment rollovers.
Accidents involving heavy equipment include:
When heavy pieces of machinery and equipment are used in either outdoor or indoor workplace scenarios, even the smallest human error or equipment malfunction can result in extremely serious injuries occurring – some of which can lead to physical disability and in the worst cases, death.
Some of the most common injuries resulting from heavy equipment include:
The above-mentioned injuries have the potential to end your career. In addition, they can result in you and your family having to absorb very high medical expenses for your treatment and care.
Workplace accidents that are caused by negligence on the part of the employer or employees are certainly preventable. However, all parties concerned must seek to live up to all established safety standards and recommendations to avoid the type of tragedies that can accompany heavy equipment accidents.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation issue safety regulations for the workplace. These regulations involve many aspects of the workplace environment, including equipment maintenance and inspection requirements. Employers are required to follow all these guidelines to help ensure the safety of their employees as well as any other visitors on-site.
In the aftermath of your workplace accident caused by heavy equipment, you may be entitled to receive compensation for losses that apply directly to your situation and condition. Workers comp payments are often available to help cover the following losses:
When you hire our experienced team of attorneys at KNR to handle your workers’ compensation claim, we will work vigorously on your behalf to help you recover your losses in the aftermath of your workplace accident. We fight to win the compensation you are owed to help ensure you have what you need to cover your medical bills and lost wages.
Call us today at 1-800-HURT-NOW to discuss your situation with an experienced attorney from our team.