Accidents Involving Heavy Machinery
Workers in certain industries such as construction, agriculture, mining, and manufacturing face a high risk of accidents due to heavy machinery. These accidents are caused by various potentially dangerous machines that can inflict serious injury or even death.
At Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C., our skilled legal team represents workers who suffer all types of heavy machinery injuries, including:
- Back injuries
- Blunt force injuries
- Brain injuries (including traumatic brain injuries)
- Broken bones
- Crushing injuries
- Heart attacks
- Neck injuries
- Shoulder injuries
Types of Heavy Machinery
Some workers must work with heavy machinery on a daily basis. Machinery with moving parts pose a particularly high risk of injury to workers.
Some specific types of heavy machinery that can cause serious, life-threatening injuries include:
- Air compressors
- Belt grinders
- Chamfering machines
- Cutting, drilling, punching and shearing equipment
- Drill presses
- Hydraulic presses
- Large trucks
- Motor vehicles
- Pipe and tube benders
- Pneumatic rollers
Preventing Heavy Machinery Accidents
Many heavy machinery accidents can be prevented. Employers must provide workers with proper training for handling heavy machinery, as well as supervision during operation. Machinery should be regularly inspected, maintained and repaired according to safety standards. Any defects in the machinery should be corrected expediently, and adequate warnings should be given and displayed regarding safe use of the machinery.
Employers must also meet the standards set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a federal agency responsible for ensuring safe and healthful working conditions for workers. Workers who have concerns regarding the health or safety of their workplaces are entitled to file a complaint with OSHA without being retaliated against. Employers who do not comply with OSHA standards may be subject to fines and other penalties.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits
In Pennsylvania, most workers are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for injuries they sustain at work, including those from heavy machinery accidents. Workers must notify their employers of their injuries within 120 days of the accident and may receive temporary benefits while their claim is being investigated.
If an injured worker’s employer accepts liability, the worker is entitled to benefits which include medical expenses associated with their injury, as well as lost wages calculated according to the worker’s pre-injury average weekly wage. Workers may also be entitled to either permanent total disability payments or temporary partial disability payments depending on the severity of their injuries.
Our experienced work injury lawyers will fight to obtain maximum compensation for our clients who were injured by heavy machinery in the workplace. We have the experience and in-depth knowledge of workers’ compensation laws in Pennsylvania to ensure that each client receives all entitled benefits for their work injury.
The construction industry often involves multiple businesses working together. Drivers, repairmen, suppliers, subcontractors, and vendors may also be held liable for a worker’s injuries if they caused the accident. Workers’ compensation provides compensation for medical expenses and lost wages whereas third-party personal injury claims may entitle workers to additional compensation.
Therefore, workers may wish to file a personal injury third-party claim, along with their workers’ compensation claim, in order to recover for damages such as pain and suffering. Unlike the no-fault workers’ compensation system, personal injury claims require third parties to be at fault for a worker’s injuries, in order to be held liable.
We are experienced in handling workers’ compensation claims, as well as third-party personal injury claims, to maximize our clients’ recovery for their accident.
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. Represent Workers Injured in Heavy Machinery Accidents
If you were injured in a heavy machinery accident at work, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. To discuss your case, contact an experienced Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyer at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. We represent injured workers in Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, Philadelphia County and throughout Pennsylvania. To discuss your case, call us at 888-PITT-LAW or complete our online contact form for a free consultation.
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