Although many work machines are safe and have been used within industry for years or even decades, some work machines pose a serious danger to employees and can cause workers to sustain severe injuries even when the worker is using the machine as instructed. When a person is injured by a work machine, he will not be able to sue his employer – worker’s compensation laws and claims prevent this type of lawsuit.
But, he may be able to hold the manufacturer of the faulty machine legally liable for his injuries and losses.
Causes of Work Machine Injuries
Work machine injuries can be caused by:
- Defectively designed machine parts (or the dangerous design of the machine as a whole)
- Improper maintenance of a machine (either due to failure to maintain the machine or to not properly fixing the machine when it is broken)
- Lack of proper instructions regarding how to use the machine
- Failure to warn the public about the risks or dangers associated with using the machine
Some examples of work machines that have been reported to cause injuries include (but are not limited to):
- Tractors, forklifts, cranes, etc.
- Industrial kitchen or cooking equipment
- Power tools
- Printing presses
Types of Work Machine Injuries
Work machine injuries can include (but are not limited to):
- Broken bones and internal injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Brain injuries
- Loss of hearing or eyesight
- Loss of limb
If you have been injured in the workplace by a defective tool or machinery, consult the personal injury attorneys at Brown & Brown, LLP for free to build a case against the manufacturer. Dial the 3s in St. Louis (314-333-3333 / 573-333-3333), dial the 8s in Fairview Heights and nearby Southern Illinois (618-888-8888).