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At the last annual count from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), over 4,600 fatal work injuries were recorded in the United States. Many of the injuries are the result of heavy equipment accidents.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a report that found that up to half of all industry fatalities are partially caused by heavy equipment.

The majority of heavy equipment incidents are vehicle-related, non-passenger collision deaths in various industries. The NIOSH report indicates most heavy equipment injuries result from overturning, collision, falling and flying debris, or becoming caught in running equipment.

Road, highway and bridge construction sites account for almost 80 percent of heavy equipment deaths each year. Other common industries affected by equipment accidents include the following:

•    Agriculture
•    Fracking
•    Oil and gas extraction
•    Construction

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati, Ohio Work Injury and Product Liability Attorney, with experience in catastrophic injuries due to heavy equipment and industrial accidents.

Mr. Lyon has represented plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of product liability, wrongful death and injury claims.  

Occupational Injury & Machinery Accidents

Any person on a job site running heavy equipment is at risk of injury and must take the proper precautions to remain safe. According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), laborers at the workplace are most at risk of injury or death.

Over 200 construction laborers died between 2008 and 2010 as a result of incidents involving vehicles and mobile heavy equipment. Other occupations identified as being “high risk” by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) include the following:

•    Laborers
•    Pavers and surfacers
•    Plumbers
•    Carpenters
•    Electricians
•    Truck drivers
•    Operating engineers
•    Foremen
•    Crane operators

Ohio Heavy Equipment Accidents

According to an independent report published by the Center to Protect Workers’ Rights, rollovers were the main cause of death of heavy equipment operators.

For workers on foot, being struck by heavy equipment or trucks (especially while backing up), and being struck by equipment loads were the major causes of death. Other common incidents include the following preventable events:

•    Struck by Equipment or powered vehicle
•    Struck by discharged or flying object
•    Caught or compressed in running equipment or machinery
•    Struck or crushed in collapsing structure

Preventing Heavy Equipment Accidents

The majority of injuries and deaths that occur on work sites are associated with some degree of human error, though many often also involve malfunctioning or faulty equipment.

Often, both variables account for an accident, and although blame is shifted from party to party, equipment manufacturers and companies managing workplaces have a duty to ensure no injury or death occurs. The most obvious, and preventable, reasons accidents occur include the below reasons:

•    Inadequate Training
•    Unsafe Construction Site Design
•    Negligent Equipment Maintenance
•    Defective Machine Design—Equipment malfunction
•    Safety Violations–Removal of a Safe Guard
•    Ineffective supervision
•    Blatant inattention
•    Reckless misuse of equipment

The Lyon Firm works with construction experts, engineers, and OSHA safety experts to investigate and determine the root cause of heavy equipment accidents to build a compelling case and win compensation for injured victims and their families.

Faulty Heavy Equipment & Accidents

Vehicles and mobile heavy equipment are a major source of fatalities in the construction industry, resulting in over 400 deaths annually. Every worker in heavy industry is at risk, though road construction is especially dangerous work.

Powered vehicles are the source of more than half of the fatalities at road construction sites. Equipment at farms, oil and gas extraction sites, mining and factories also creates many hazards for workers. Some of the most dangerous heavy equipment includes:

•    Cranes
•    Dump trucks
•    Loaders
•    Graders
•    Excavators
•    Scrapers
•    Backhoes
•    Bulldozers
•    Fork lifts
•    Man lifts (cherry pickers)
•    Compactors and Rollers
•    American Augers
•    Mixers
•    Skid Steers

Manufacturing and Factory Injuries

Though construction sites are common places for heavy equipment accidents, factories see their share of horrific mishaps when machines malfunction or proper safety measures are not instituted. In private industry manufacturing in America, about 35,000 non-fatal injuries are reported each year. Common injuries, like the following, can be quite traumatic and debilitating:

•    Amputations
•    Traumatic Brain Injury
•    Orthopedic Trauma
•    Toxic Exposure

Workers are regularly injured performing normal, daily tasks. Typically, factory workers are injured while working in the following capacities:

•    Operating machines
•    General repair and maintenance
•    Unjamming materials
•    Cleaning or adjusting machines
•    Reaching or stepping over machines
•    Inspecting machines

Heavy Equipment Accident Lawsuits

Companies managing an unsafe workplace or construction site can be liable for injuries sustained on the job. In some cases, general contractors, property owners, architects, engineers, suppliers, and equipment manufacturers may also be responsible for compensating victims of equipment accidents.

Each year, equipment accidents generate millions in settlements and verdicts for victims. Most commonly, the cause is human error and company negligence; however, product liability issues cannot be discounted.
In many past incidents, heavy equipment has been found to be inherently flawed or malfunctioned.

If machinery is found to have a faulty design or missing safety components, victims and their attorneys can file suit against large equipment manufacturers.

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Serious injuries and accidents often result through no fault of the injured party, yet the injured victim suffers from life altering physical, mental and financial losses. Such economic and human losses can have devastating financial consequences on individuals and families if not properly compensated. Tort law allows those individuals to seek just legal recourse through personal injury lawsuits.

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Questions about Industrial Accident Cases

What are the types of Industrial Accident Cases?

Equipment rollovers and falls are the main causes of injury and death in industry. For workers on foot, being struck by heavy equipment or trucks are major causes of death.

Vehicle and forklift overturns are a leading cause of injuries and fatalities. Each year in the United States, nearly 100 workers are killed and another 20,000 are seriously injured in forklift-related incidents.

Falls on the job are no less fatal. In the United States each year, over 500 workers die as a result of falls from elevations.

Other preventable events include the following:

What is an Arc Flash Injury?

Arc flash accidents are an electrical occurrence when an electrical current deviates from its designated path and travels to another conductor. If a worker is hit by an arc flash or is even near one, they are likely to suffer severe electrical injury.

Anything from dropping a tool to faulty wiring can cause an arc flash accident. Poorly maintained materials or electrical systems can lead to arc flash incidents. An electric shock, burns, fires and damage is likely following an arc flash. Employers are urged to protect workers from arc flash injury, with the following prevention methods:

  • De-energize electrical circuits while working
  • Use proper insulation and guarding
  • Provide workers with work barricades
  • Install adequate ground fault circuit interrupters
  • Provide workers with personal safety equipment
  • Place warning labels regarding arc flash hazards
Can product liability be included in industrial accident litigation?

Each year, industrial accidents generate millions in settlements and verdicts for victims. Product liability issues cannot be discounted. In many past incidents, industrial equipment has been found to be inherently flawed. If machinery is found to have a faulty design or missing safety components, victims and their attorneys can file suit against large industrial manufacturers.

The legal options will depend on what caused the industrial accident and injury. Industrial accident injuries are usually permanent and should be addressed by a lawyer qualified in complex personal injury matters. Mr. Lyon has successfully litigated numerous industrial injury cases and obtained settlements for workers, over and beyond their workers comp.

Why should I hire The Lyon Firm?

Our Firm will help you find the answers.  The Firm has the experience, resources and dedication to take on difficult and emotional cases and help our clients obtain the justice for the wrong they have suffered. 

Experience:  Joe Lyon is an experienced Cincinnati Industrial Accident Lawyer. The Lyon Firm has 17 years of experience and success representing individuals and plaintiffs in all fifty states, and in a variety of complex civil litigation matters. Industrial accident lawsuits can be complex and require industry experts to determine the root cause of an accident or injury.  Mr. Lyon has worked with experts nationwide to assist individuals understand why an injury occurred and what can be done to improve their lives in the future. Some cases may go to a jury trial, though many others can be settled out of court.

Resources/Dedication: Mr. Lyon has worked with experts in the fields of accident reconstruction, biomechanics, epidemiology, metallurgy, pharmacology, toxicology, human factors, workplace safety, life care planning, economics, and virtually every medical discipline in successfully representing Plaintiffs across numerous areas of law. The Lyon Firm is dedicated to building the strongest cases possible for clients and their critical interests.

Results:  Mr. Lyon has obtained numerous seven and six figure results in personal injury,  automotive product liability, medical Negligence, construction accidents, and auto dealership negligence casesThe cases have involved successfully litigating against some of  the largest companies in the world.

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