Heavy industrial equipment, such as manufacturing equipment, food processing machines, press machines, and many others contain moving parts with the ability to maim and disfigure, often causing severe injury such as mangled digits and limbs, amputations, burns, and blindness. Other workplace accidents result in spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, and paralysis. Due to the severe nature of such injuries, workplace accidents are often the subject of personal injury lawsuits and litigation. As construction workers are faced with a wider variety of dangers and a heightened risk of work-related injury or fatality than employees in any other U.S. industry, many claims involving an unsafe workplace or unsafe practices pertain to the construction fields. However, workers in all areas of industry are injured, often severely, each day in the U.S.
Safety measures are essential for protecting workers from these injuries. While the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) regulations are designed, in part, to prevent employers from removing guards from machines and failing to provide safety equipment, employees continue to be injured at an alarming rate. Machine guarding and related machinery violations are continuously among the top violations of worker safety protocol. Mechanical power presses have also become an area of increasing concern, with industries having high amputation rates under increased scrutiny. Nail guns have been the subject of many product liability claims and lawsuit. Safeguards, shut-off devices, safety circuits and other simple safety equipment can often protect workers from needless and preventable injuries.