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Unsafe Tools at Construction Sites Cause Death and Serious Work Related Injuries
Everything from cranes to fork lifts to scaffolding and ladders can cause potentially fatal accidents. Over 1,000 construction workers are killed each year, many of whom would now be alive if not for the failure of a manufacturer to provide safe equipment or for the negligence of those responsible for repair and maintenance.
A large number of unsafe tools are needed for construction. Industrial use saws, sanders, and polishers are common on many construction sites, but these tools are as much a danger as they are a necessity. Many trades people know of someone who has lost a finger, hand, or suffered life threatening injuries because of defective and woodworking tools.
The size and power of the machines and equipment used in the construction industry can be responsible for some of the most heinous injuries if not used carefully and professionally. Construction equipment and unsafe tools can experience mishap and failure particularly if it is overused or improperly maintained.
Are you or someone you know the victim of an accident caused by defective construction equipment and unsafe tools? If the answer is yes – filing a construction site accident lawsuit can help you fight for a meaningful settlement. A jury awarded a Delaware plaintiff $14 million dollars for life compromising injuries that he suffered at an unsafe workplace. Anapol Schwartz fought that case. Contact Anapol Schwartz for your free legal consultation to find out what options lie ahead.
Unsafe Tools: Faulty Ladders
Unsafe Tools: Power Tools
Unsafe Tools: Defective Derricks
Unsafe Tools: Defective Winches
Unsafe tools: Defective Graters
Unsafe Tools: Defective Scrapers
Unsafe Tools: Defective Pressure Vessels
A ladder is one of the most important types of construction equipment, but one that is often taken for granted. Ladders remain a simple way to move from one level to another, and are the foundation upon which the construction industry is built.
Unfortunately because ladders are so simple they are often taken for granted. Of the 1,000 construction workers killed every year, 300 of them are killed by falls, caused by unsafe tools such as damaged or defective ladders. Ladders often get overlooked during safety inspections, but without proper oversight these accidents can be fatal.
Modern power tools are driven by powerful electric motors and precisely controlled by sophisticated computers in order to deliver the most efficient performance. Increased sophistication comes with increased risk of serious injury. Unsafe power tools claim the lives of hundreds of construction workers each year.
Derricks are some of the most complicated and unsafe tools on any construction site. These large, obtrusive, and complex lifting devices are easily recognizable by anyone who has ever been by an oil field, dockyard, or anyplace where workers need to move heavy loads or drill deep into the earth.
These rigs are by nature dangerous and hazardous, but are more so without proper oversight and maintenance. Poorly built derricks cannot only endanger the lives of those who work with them but also the projects and livelihoods of those who depend of their lifting and weight-bearing capacity.
Winches are a vital component of construction applications plus are simple tools in their own right. Winches wind rope, lines, cables, and other lanyards, but as they are generally the weakest link in a chain of pulleys and hoists, winches often suffer the most catastrophic failures.
Industrial and construction grade graters combine long lengths of conveyor belts, powerful hydraulic systems, and immense grinding gears. Graters can churn out tons of gravel necessary for so many construction projects. Graters appear deceptively simple, but graters have injured, often seriously, construction workers unlucky enough to man defective graters.
A wheel tractor scraper is one of a common piece of heavy equipment used on many construction sites. Scrapers cut out large sections of earth in order to smooth out imperfections. Scrapers have a large hopper where the dirt is collected to move to the dump area. Scrapers are extremely dangerous, particularly if a hydraulically powered hopper or blade malfunctions. Construction workers must exhibit extreme caution because even when these powerful machines are working properly they are extremely dangerous.
Pressure vessels are specially designed construction equipment that allows workers to keep a certain fluid or gas at a certain pressure in order to safely use it. Pressure vessels protect workers on construction sites from overloading boilers, gas mains, or any other container used to contain gasses or fluids at high pressures.
Unfortunately, damaged or unsafe pressure vessels can cause serious injury. A defective pressure vessel cannot regulate the chemicals it contains, and the internal gasses and fluids held under great pressures can poison, suffocate, or burn workers who are forced to labor in hazardous environments.
Have you or a loved one been the victim of unsafe tools while at work? You may be eligible for an unsafe tool lawsuit. Do not settle for workers compensation. A law firm with a track record can help you get the settlement that you deserve. Construction site and businesses are required to provide a safe place to work. Contact Anapol Schwartz for your free legal consultation.