Defective Machinery and Equipment Add to the Ordinary Hazards of Construction Sites
Good equipment presents normal risks; defective equipment presents unexpected ones
Construction sites are inherently dangerous places in which to work. When that danger is magnified by defective machinery and equipment, the risks increase exponentially. Machinery and equipment used at construction sites, whether handheld or enormous, is usually very powerful. Even defects in light industrial equipment such as saws, shears, and nail guns can cause loss of limbs, blindness and other serious injuries. Defects in heavy machinery such as forklifts, backhoes, bulldozers, and cranes can cause broken bones, amputations, head and back injuries, electric shock, and death.
The Ohio construction accident attorneys at Crandall & Pera Law have extensive experience in handling cases involving injury or death due to malfunctioning construction equipment. We have a track record of successful settlements in such cases. Victims of construction equipment malfunction injuries and their loved ones need strong representation they can count on. Let us be your advocate.
What kinds of accidents might occur from defective equipment at a construction site?
People exposed to construction equipment are at risk for dozens of types of accidents, including:
- Crane accident. Cranes pose enormous dangers not only to workers on the construction site, but to people nearby. When improperly secured, or used to lift excessive loads, cranes may buckle and collapse, injuring or killing the operator and nearby workers, and destroying surrounding buildings. Falling loads can cause catastrophic injuries, and severance of overhead electrical wires can result in electrocution.
- Forklift accident. Forklifts are powerful pieces of work equipment. When a forklift is defective or improperly maintained, its driver may lose control of its movement, its lifting capability, or both. Crushing injuries, concussions, and back injuries are common in forklift accidents. Defective brakes may cause the operator to drive off a loading dock and be severely injured or killed by landing beneath the falling truck.
- Backhoe accident. Backhoes have tank- or bulldozer-type treads instead of wheels. They are equipped with a hydraulically operated articulated arm and bucket scoop, which makes them ideal for cutting deep trenches at varying angles. Defective manufacturing or improper maintenance of these kinds of hydraulically assisted machines can cause loss of control of the arm and scoop, dropping tons of soil and rock on nearby workers.
“Isn’t this covered under workers’ compensation?”
Workers’ compensation covers your work-related injuries when you are an employee. But if you are injured by a piece of defective machinery, you may also be able to obtain compensation beyond that provided by workers’ compensation in a product liability suit. Or, if the machinery failed because an outside contractor improperly serviced it, that party can also be held liable.
Additionally, you might have been injured when you were not working for that construction company. Perhaps you were hurt as:
- A passerby
- An independent contractor
- A subcontractor
- Outside salesperson
- Business consultant
- Outside engineer
In cases where the company in charge of the faulty equipment did not employ the victim, the injured party might be able to pursue a lawsuit against the negligent construction company or machinery manufacturer. To ensure all responsible parties are held accountable, it is critical that victims of injury caused by defective machines and equipment contact an experienced Ohio construction accident lawyer as soon as possible.
Let an experienced Ohio construction accident attorney be your advocate
The attorneys of Crandall & Pera Law are dedicated to obtaining the best settlements and verdicts for clients in the construction industry who are injured by defective products or negligent acts of subcontractors. If you or a loved one was injured, or a loved one killed because of defective or improperly maintained construction equipment, let the Ohio construction accident attorneys at Crandall & Pera Law help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Please call us at 877-686-8879, or fill out our contact form to schedule a no-obligation consultation. We have handled complex personal injury cases across Ohio and have law offices conveniently located in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Chesterland, and Chagrin Falls.