Category: On the Job Injuries

Power Tool Injuries

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Power tools can cause serious injuries and even death when users do not follow proper safety or operating instructions or when defective power tools do not operate properly. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports close to one million power tool injuries and 200 deaths occur each year among construction workers, carpenters, roofers, landscapers, auto mechanics, electricians, and plumbers. Negligent power tool manufacturers, distributors, and construction companies can be held liable for power tool injuries.

Common Types of Power Tools

The most common types of power tools used in the construction industry include:

  • Power drills
  • Chainsaws, circular saws, jigsaws, miter saws, and concrete saws
  • Power wrenches
  • Nail guns and staple guns
  • Jackhammers
  • Chippers
  • Sanders
  • Chisels
  • Hydraulic jacks and airlifts
  • Compressors
  • Ceramic tile cutters
  • Lathes
  • Power washers
  • Floor sanders
  • Rotary tillers

Common Types of Power Tool Injuries

The most common types of power tool injuries include:

  • Cuts, lacerations, and bruising
  • Broken bones
  • Burns
  • Eye injuries and blindness
  • Hearing loss
  • Puncture wounds
  • Electrocution
  • Facial, head, and neck injuries
  • Spinal and back injuries
  • Amputations
  • Internal organ damage
  • Brain injury

Who is Liable for a Power Tool Injury?

Power tool injuries can result in emergency room visits, hospitalizations, surgeries, physical and cognitive rehabilitation, prescription medications, temporary or permanent disabilities, and lost wages. Compensation for these costs, including punitive and compensatory damages, can be recovered in several ways.

  • Personal Injury and Third-Party Lawsuits: Recovery for medical bills and lost wages, like punitive and compensatory damages, can be recovered in these lawsuits. Victims of work-related power tool injuries caused by negligence can hold their employer or third-parties liable for their injuries. Negligence can include improper training, inefficient personal protective equipment, lack of routine inspections, and poor maintenance of equipment.
  • Product Liability Claims: When a power tool is defective in design, manufacture, or operation, injured victims can claim compensation through product liability claims. Compensation can be claimed for marketing defects like failing to warn consumers of risks associated power tools and failure to provide proper safety and handling instructions.

Workers’ Compensation: When power tool injuries are work related, victims can claim Workers’ Compensation benefits to cover medical bills and a portion of lost wages. Workers give up their right to sue their employer when they claim this benefit.

Evidence of Negligence

Many large manufacturing companies and employers have legal teams dedicated to fight these claims, but strong evidence is needed to prove negligence. Information that is vital for a successful claim includes detailed medical records, witness testimonies, photos or videos of the power tools responsible for injuries, and the documentation for lost wages. The plaintiff will have to prove that the manufacturer or distributor was negligent in providing a safe product and that there was a breach in the manufacturer’s duty of care to the consumer that resulted in the victim’s injuries and damages.

New Brunswick Construction Accident Lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr Represent Victims of Power Tool Injuries

If you or someone you know has been injured by a power tool, you may be eligible for compensation. Our experienced New Brunswick construction accident lawyers at Law Offices ofHarold J. Gerr will advocate for your rights. Contact us online or call us at 732-249-4600 for a free consultation regarding your potential case. Located in Highland Park, New Jersey, we also serve clients throughout New Brunswick, Somerset, Piscataway, Edison, South River, Sayreville, Metuchen, East Brunswick, South Plainfield, Fords, Middlesex, Old Bridge, Iselin, Bound Brook, Perth Amboy, and Colonia.

New Brunswick Personal Injury Lawyers: Ways to Prevent Injury on Loading Docks in Wintry Weather

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One of the more dangerous occupations in America, especially in the north in the winter, is working on a loading dock. As materials go in and out and doors are opened and closed, snow can get in and melt, causing slippery conditions. Here are some measures you can take to minimize your risk of injury on a loading dock in the winter.

  • Look for light—If there’s daylight coming through at any edge of the loading dock door, you run the risk that snow will come in. When a trailer is in place and the door is open, do a quick check to see if there are any gaps. If so, find a way to seal them.
  • Check the top first—More often than not, the imperfect seal will be at the top of the trailer. One suggestion is a head curtain, but you may be better served to find a product that uses weight and gravity to put a good seal on the top of the trailer.
  • Regularly inspect side seals—If you have foam compression side seals, you need to check them on a regular basis to ensure that they aren’t worn
  • Check the bottom, too—The bottom of a trailer can be a common source of infiltration. Consider the installation of an under-leveler pit seal that can eliminate cracks or gaps.
  • Spend the money on vertical-storing levelers—Though they cost more, they tend to be worth it. These types of levelers allow your loading dock door to close directly on the pit floor, the best way to avoid water and air from coming in.
  • Take action to minimize condensation—The difference in temperature inside and out can lead to condensation. You may even experience what is known as sweating slab syndrome, where the temperature of your slab on the loading dock is substantially different from the air temperature and causes moisture to collect. The best method to prevent this? —Install HVLS fans.

Contact the New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr

At the office of Harold J. Gerr, Attorney at Law, we have fought for the rights of personal injury victims in central New Jersey for more than four decades. We carefully choose the cases we handle, so that we can provide the highest levels of service and personal attention to each client. We are also happy to take over your case, if your first lawyer does not seem to have your best interests in mind.

To set us a free initial consultation, send us an e-mail or call our office at 732-249-4600 (toll free at 877-249-4600).