In Texas, many workers spend their days around heavy machines or operating them. Whether you work in construction, on a farm, or in another industry, this equipment can become dangerous without safe working conditions and proper handling.
Work-related injuries involving machines can be devastating. You could lose a limb, the ability to earn a living, or even your life. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, but first you should know what to do after an industrial accident.
What Are the Dangers of Machines in the Workplace?
Safety is the key to avoiding most work injuries, including those involving mechanical equipment. Companies that invest in employee training and follow workplace health and safety regulations typically see far fewer accidents.
Unfortunately, even a moment’s carelessness can result in extreme bodily injury when machinery is involved, impacting the operators as well as workers in the nearby vicinity. Workers are often injured in the following incidents involving heavy-duty equipment:
- Equipment collisions with workers
- Falls from machines
- One machine crashing into another
- Worker caught between two machines
- Unsecured objects flying or falling off of machines
- Collapsing structures due to impacts from heavy equipment
Another source of serious injury is defective machines. Some defects are relatively easy to spot, such as a machine that refuses to start or emits heavy smoke on ignition. However, mechanical failures and other issues can also occur without warning, catching workers unawares and causing serious harm.
What Should I Do If I’m Hurt by a Machine at Work?
Workplace accidents involving heavy machinery are usually serious. These steps can help you preserve your health and protect your rights should you pursue benefits or compensation:
- Get medical care for your injuries. Coworkers may be able to perform first aid on the job site, but don’t hesitate to call 911 or go to the emergency room if your injuries call for it.
- Document the scene of the accident. If you need to be transported to the hospital, a coworker should do this on your behalf.
- Report the accident to your employer as soon as possible. Ideally you will submit an accident report within a couple of days of the accident; don’t delay.
- Keep records of what happens next. This includes documenting subsequent communications from your employer, doctor visits, paperwork from the Division of Workers’ Compensation, and more.
You may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits if you are hurt on the job by heavy equipment. Unfortunately, Texas law does not require most employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance, which might mean you’ll have to file a personal injury lawsuit to recover damages for your expenses.
Contact Our Amarillo Work Injury Lawyers Today
Being injured by heavy equipment at work can have a major impact on your life and your family. The thought of filing for workers’ compensation or suing your employer is daunting when you’re recovering from an injury. Wood Law Firm LLP is here to help.
Our attorneys have the experience to pursue maximum compensation in your case. Contact Wood Law Firm LLP at (806) 372-9663 for a free consultation. We proudly serve clients in Amarillo, West Texas, the Texas Panhandle, and other nearby areas.