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A number of essential industries rely on the use of heavy machinery to complete tasks that would not be feasible for individual workers. From cranes to forklifts, many industries are only functional through the use of machines that employ massive amounts of force.
With so much force behind each movement, workers who perform their tasks in accordance with these machines face the potential for serious risks. Even the smallest mistake when handling a powerful machine can lead to a life-altering injury or even death. For instance, the massive pressure behind the movement of a pressing machine could be enough to destroy the limb of a worker if a tiny bit of their uniform is caught in the machine. In addition to amputations, workers face the potential for electrocution, burns, and a number of other disasters.
The seemingly endless number of tasks that are accomplished by machines, from manufacturing to farming, contributes innumerable hazards to workers. Many specialized tasks require specific safety equipment to protect workers, but some basic safety gear can prevent damage to the majority of workers. Federal regulations require that certain safety measures be taken, including the use of equipment and the implementation of training. Even a simple step, such as educating workers in how to react in a fire, can save the lives of employees.
An injury caused by a heavy machine can easily cause severe and life-altering damage. These incidents may lead to steep financial burdens for medical care and long-term needs. It can be difficult to determine what amount of compensation will fully cover the costs associated with an injury, but the Houston heavy machinery accident lawyers at Adame Garza LLP have years of experience in analyzing their clients’ circumstances to determine what may be appropriate for their situation. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a heavy machinery accident, we can get you back on your feet.