Heavy machinery provides workers with the tools that they need to complete difficult or complex tasks that require more precision or strength than human beings can muster. This convenience comes at the price of the risk of severe injuries should the machinery be used in an unsafe manner or malfunction at the wrong time. Many work injuries that involve machinery can be prevented, however, with routine maintenance and safety inspections but companies often cut corners or refuse to invest the capital required to meet OSHA’s prescribed safety standards. The Chicago Injury Center is committed to defending the interests of clients through Illinois who have suffered injuries because their employers chose to cut costs over doing the right thing.
OSHA Safety Standards to Improve Workplace Safety
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulates the implementation of safety protocol that is designed to keep workers safe. These regulations are often unmet by managers who fail to receive the funding that is required or who try to reduce the costs associated with a project in order to increase their margins. Common violations of OSHA mandates include the following.
- Failure to adhere to the prescribed maintenance schedule for heavy machinery. Machine failure or malfunction can cause serious injury to workers, which is why it is important to keep all equipment in top shape.
- Failure to perform required safety inspections. Inspecting equipment often prevents injuries when a safety issue is identified prior to the operation of machinery that otherwise would not have been.
- Failure to provide safety gear mandated by OSHA regulations. The safety equipment that OSHA recommends for workers can be the difference between minor and severe injuries as well as life and death and employers simply cannot refuse to provide the safety equipment they are required to by law.
The Risk of Injury While Using Machinery Posed to Machinests and Those Working Around Them
Workers who operate machinery place almost every part of their body at risk as it often requires the use of one’s limbs to operate machines and they are often in close proximity to the workers’ torso when in use. Proper safety training can increase workers’ awareness of hazards such as pinch points— where limbs can be caught between moving parts— but the very nature of work that requires heavy machinery makes it impossible to avoid every accident. Cutting corners with safety is simply unacceptable due to the danger of working around heavy machinery and when doing so results in severe injuries, the injured worker is entitled to compensation for the cost of his or her medical bills, lost wages and any pain and suffering.
If you have been injured in a work injury, contact the work injury lawyers at the Chicago Injury Center today for a free consultation to determine whether negligence played a role in your accident and if you are entitled to compensation. If we are unable to help you or collect damages on your behalf, our services are free of charge.