Working with heavy machinery and dangerous equipment is a regular part of many Pennsylvanians’ jobs. However, working with any type of industrial machinery can lead to severe injuries and can even result in death. There is no shortage of companies and industries right here in Pennsylvania that use heavy machinery on a daily basis, and as a result, there is no shortage of Pennsylvania workers who are injured.
If you have been injured due to an accident involving equipment or heavy machinery, it is important that you immediately speak with a knowledgeable workers’ compensation lawyer. At Schmidt, Kirifides & Rassias Law, we listen carefully to exactly how the injury occurred and fight to ensure that you are provided all benefits that are available to you. Contact us online or call us at 484-679-5239 for a free consultation
How do Machinery Accidents Happen?
Many industries rely on machinery as an integral part of their business. However, while these heavy machines may be useful they also pose a great deal of risk to those who use them on a daily basis. Some of the most common reasons for a worker to be injured include:
- Inadequate training – Inadequate training is a common factor that leads to workers being injured by machinery. Many companies attempt to train their workers as quickly as possible in an effort to keep their costs low. However, this can result in a worker not fully understanding the nature and potential danger of the machine they are using.
- Faulty Machinery – Industrial machinery should be regularly inspected and repaired. However, all too often a faulty machine that is left uninspected or unrepaired is the reason why a worker is injured.
- Failure to use protective gear – Protective gear may be cumbersome, however, protective gear and equipment are crucial for a worker to use while they are working with and around heavy machinery.
- A lack of guarding – Industrial machines tend to be dangerous. In an effort to curtail many of these injuries OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) regulations require that machines have guards installed in order to protect workers from hazards and injuries. Specifically, OSHA regulations address where guarding should be on industrial machines in Title 1910.212(a)(3) Point of operation guarding:
- 1910.212(a)(3)(i) Point of operation is the area on a machine where work is actually performed upon the material being processed.
- 1910.212(a)(3)(ii) The point of operation of machines whose operation exposes an employee to injury, shall be guarded. The guarding device shall be in conformity with any appropriate standards therefor, or, in the absence of applicable specific standards, shall be so designed and constructed as to prevent the operator from having any part of his body in the danger zone during the operating cycle.
Unfortunately, workers are injured every day in Pennsylvania as a result of working with dangerous machinery, and these injuries can not only be devastating but also fatal. Defective and improperly maintained machinery poses a very real and very serious threat to workers. If you have been injured contact SKR.
Compensation You can Receive from a Heavy Machinery Accident
Pennsylvania workers who regularly work with heavy and dangerous machines put their well-being at risk every day. Unfortunately, it is all too common for workers to be injured while on the job.
The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act provides a means for workers to recover for many of the expenses that are associated with a severe injury. When a worker is injured because of a heavy piece of machinery, often their largest initial expense is for medical care and treatment. Unfortunately, heavy machinery injuries can be very severe and can result in crushing injuries, amputation, disfigurement, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and even death. The bills for initial medical care alone can be astounding, and if an injured worker requires additional care including surgeries and rehabilitation, a worker can expect to see thousands of dollars of medical bills. Specifically, the Workers’ Compensation Act provides coverage for:
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Loss of quality of life
- Pain and suffering
One of the biggest ongoing expenses that stem from a heavy machinery accident aside from medical expenses is the sheer monetary loss a worker experiences by not being able to work. Fortunately, the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act provides wage loss benefits for those workers and individuals who are injured while on the job, and are subsequently unable to work. Many injured workers who are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits will receive a payment of their lost wages in the amount of two-thirds of their weekly wages. However, these payments can be reduced because of other benefits available to the workers including severance pay, short and long-term disability benefits, and unemployment compensation.
Trust Our Delaware County Workman’s Compensation Attorneys with Your Case
The Media, PA Workers’ Compensation attorneys at Schmidt, Kirifides & Rassias bring a combined total of 60 years of experience to your work-related injury claim. Please contact us immediately upon sustaining an injury from a work-related accident or activity in any Southeast Pennsylvania workplace located in Delaware County, Chester County, Berks County, Bucks County, Montgomery County or Philadelphia County. Our Delaware County Workers’ Compensation lawyers can advise you on the best strategy for maximizing benefits, whether as a lump-sum cash settlement or ongoing benefits. We will listen to the details of your case, explain your options, and be there with you every step of the way. Contact us online or call us at 484-679-5239 for a free consultation with one of our Chester County Workers’ Compensation lawyers about your rights and the value of your work-related injury claim.