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How Common Are Heavy Machinery Accidents?

Without the help of heavy machinery, the construction and manufacturing industries would be unable to accomplish many of their day to day operations as quickly, efficiently, and economically as they currently do. While these machines are integral to production, they can pose a serious risk to the workers who use them and work around them.

Heavy machinery includes:

  • Cranes
  • Forklifts
  • Bulldozers
  • Backhoes
  • Dump Trucks
  • Excavators
  • Trucks
  • Boilers
  • Saws
  • Oil Rig Machinery
  • Drills
  • Presses
  • Logging Equipment
  • Hydraulic Machinery

Heavy machinery can cause workplace accidents in a variety of different ways. Most commonly, it is involved in struck-by or caught-in accidents. These accidents occur when a worker is either struck by machinery, falling objects, or materials, or caught in or between the mechanisms of the machinery.

Injuries From Heavy Machinery Accidents

According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), heavy machinery is involved in 75% of fatal struck-by or caught-in workplace accidents. Injuries are often very severe and can include amputations, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), crushing injuries, broken bones, and spinal cord injuries, among others. With the potential to do so much harm, certain safety measures must be taken to decrease the likelihood of accidents.

Preventing Heavy Machinery Accidents

One of the leading causes of heavy machinery accidents is inadequate training. Employers have a responsibility to properly train all employees who operate machinery. It is also important for employees who work around, but not necessarily on, heavy machinery to be trained on safety protocols. If an employer hires an employee to operate machinery, it is the employer’s responsibility to make sure the employee is capable of performing his or her job safely. Employers can be held responsible for negligently hiring workers who cause workplace accidents or for the unsafe actions of workers who received insufficient training.

Houston Heavy Machinery Accident Attorneys

The experienced heavy machinery accident attorneys at Craft Law Firm know how devastating Houston workplace incidents can be. If you or someone you love was injured or killed in a heavy machinery accident, you have the right to seek compensation for the resulting damages. Craft Law Firm has helped dozens of victims recover compensation and we work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay us nothing unless we win your case. Call us today for a free consultation.

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Trucking Industry Regulations and Why They’re Sometimes Ignored

The Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) sets regulations to provide a safe workplace for all workers. With the help of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the trucking industry has its own set of guidelines to keep truckers, and by extension other motorists, safe on the road.

Trucking Industry Regulations

In 2010, FMCSA introduced a new initiative aimed at increasing safety compliance. The initiative is a safety monitoring system called Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA), and it identifies carriers that are not meeting industry standards.

Collecting data from a variety of sources, CSA assigns points to seven areas:

  • Unsafe driving
  • Fatigued drivers and hours-of-service violations
  • Driver fitness
  • Controlled substances
  • Vehicle maintenance
  • Cargo
  • Crash indicator

If a carrier fails to meet a certain threshold in these seven areas, FMCSA will investigate to ensure all safety standards are being met. The results of its CSA initiative are published publicly, greatly increasing the accountability of carriers and truckers to adhere to safe driving practices.

Why Truckers Violate Safety Standards

Despite federal regulations and safety monitoring, not all carriers and truckers drive safely. With truckers carrying nearly 67% of all freight tonnage moved in the U.S., truckers have tight deadlines. Some carriers and truckers believe heavy regulations are unnecessary and cut into their profit margins, so in the interest of meeting deadlines quickly rather than safely, safety standards can go ignored.

With cargo weighing up to 80,000 pounds, trucks have the potential to cause catastrophic damages in motor vehicle accidents. When truck drivers neglect to observe applicable safety standards, this causes thousands of deaths each year. With such great potential for harm, truckers have a responsibility to drive safely.

Experienced Houston Truck Accident Attorneys

If you or someone you love was injured or killed in a trucking accident, you need experienced attorneys who know the trucking industry and its regulations to properly evaluate your case. The attorneys at Craft Law Firm have helped victims across the country receive compensation due to the negligent actions of truck drivers. Call us today for a free consultation and to review your case.

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Top Causes of Texas Construction Accidents

A booming economy has led to many benefits for Texas. The construction industry in particular has seen massive growth over the past decade. However, with this growth, the number of Texas construction accidents has drastically risen, making Texas one of the top states for workplace accidents.

Leading the nation in safety violations, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has enrolled many Texas employers in the severe violators program where OSHA inspectors return to a jobsite more frequently for inspections. Despite this, hundreds of workers continue to die every year from construction accidents.

Top Causes of Texas Construction Accidents:

  • Safety Violations – In an effort to finish jobs on time and on budget, some employers cut corners. Skipping safety steps can take the form of failing to provide safety equipment like harnesses, railings, hard hats, gloves, etc. and/or failing to provide adequate signage regarding wet surfaces, live electrical wires, and other hazardous situations. Proper safety procedures and protocols are crucial to preventing construction injury accidents.
  • Inadequate Training – Due to the nature of the work, construction workers are exposed to more risk than workers in most other industries. Because of this, employers are required to properly train all employees. Proper training on equipment and safety protocols can drastically reduce the likelihood of an accident.
  • Heavy Machinery – Construction workers rely on heavy machinery to accomplish their jobs, but heavy machinery can be incredibly dangerous if not operated properly, or if unmaintained. Heavy machinery accidents can commonly cause amputation injuries and other catastrophic consequences.
  • Defective Tools – If the tools construction workers use to perform their jobs don’t work correctly, that can easily cause workers harm.

The Fatal Four In Construction Accidents

The majority of construction accidents fall into four categories, dubbed the “Fatal Four:” falls, caught in or between accidents, struck by accidents, and electrocution. OSHA estimates that eliminating the fatal four could save as many as 508 workers’ lives a year.

Craft Law Firm: Texas Construction Accident Attorneys

Every worker has the right to a safe workplace. If you or someone you know has been injured or killed in a construction accident, you have the right to seek compensation. Contact the experienced construction accident attorneys at Craft Law Firm for a free consultation to discuss your case.

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Ohio Greyhound Bus Accident Injures More Than 30

A Greyhound bus bound for Detroit overturned shortly before 4:00 a.m. on September 14, 2013.  More than 30 people were injured in Butler County, Ohio on northbound I-75 after the bus left the freeway and struck a tree.  The bus then rolled.

Of the 52 people on board, four were critically injured and 12 were listed in serious condition as of September 15, 2013.  None of the injuries are reported as life-threatening. [READ MORE]

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