When Construction Equipment Fails, Injured Workers Can Often Sue
Construction job sites have come a long way over the past 50 years. No longer does equipment consist of only hammer and nails, along with a few table saws. Today, construction workers must use powerful electrical tools, many of which are inherently dangerous. Construction workers need specialized safety equipment to minimize the risk of injuries and frequently require proper training on how to use the equipment.
When construction equipment fails, many workers can suffer serious injuries. They should reach out to a Brooklyn construction accident attorney to review their case. They might have a legal claim that entitles them to compensation.
Equipment on Construction Sites
Some of the equipment we see on the typical job site includes:
- Loading and excavation equipment. This can include cranes, backhoes, shovels, piledrivers, clamshells, and draglines.
- Grading and compaction equipment. This includes tamping foot rollers, grid rollers, and towed sheepsfoot rollers.
- Drilling and blasting equipment, which can include percussion drills and rotary drills.
- Lifting and erecting equipment, such as derricks, tower cranes, and horizon boom type tower cranes.
- Mixing and paving equipment, including truck mixers and paving mixers.
- Construction tools, including air compressors and pumps, drills, hammers, saws, staple guns, and wrenches.
Few construction workers will use all of this equipment. However, any number of pieces of equipment can be dangerous and can end up injuring a worker.
How Construction Equipment Can Fail
Most equipment should work as expected. When an accident occurs, it might be because the person operating the equipment has been negligent.
But some equipment fails even when it is being used properly. There are many reasons why:
- Design defect. Something about the design of the equipment makes it dangerous. For example, the safety guard on a circular saw might be in the wrong place, so it does not prevent someone from getting cut.
- Manufacturing defect. A piece of equipment might have been made to the blueprint, but something about this piece of equipment renders it defective. As an example, bolts might be missing on a piece of equipment, or the bolts could have been too weak, which causes the equipment to malfunction.
- Lack of safety instructions. Some equipment might be safe to use if instructions or warnings are provided. Their absence can make equipment dangerous.
- Poor maintenance. Equipment needs to be periodically checked and maintained so that it works properly. Maintenance might be lax, and someone could have fixed a piece of equipment in a shoddy manner.
- Working around water. Electrical equipment is dangerous to use near water because of the risk of electrocution. Condensation at the job site can be a hazard.
Regardless of how you are hurt, you should meet with an attorney. In some cases, a construction worker can bring a case against the manufacturer of the equipment or against the entity responsible for performing maintenance.
Speak to a Brooklyn Construction Accidents Lawyer to Learn More
Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman has helped construction workers injured on the job for the past several decades. We are confident in our ability to argue strongly for maximum compensation for your injuries.
To speak with one of our lawyers, please call 212-285-3300 or fill out this contact form.