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Injuries Caused by Negligent Maintenance of Equipment

Equipment Negligence in the Construction Industry

Negligent maintenance of equipment not only hinders quality construction work, but also puts construction workers at risk for serious injuries or untimely deaths. Failure to maintain equipment and faulty equipment repairs are some of the major causes of construction accidents.

When a scaffold collapses due to worn out or deteriorating components, including standards, ledgers and transoms, workers can fall from great heights, resulting in death or a lifetime of disability.

Components of metal scaffolding are prone to rust, and rust can weaken a component to the point of scaffold failure. Metal scaffolding must be sanded and painted every year and bolts that show signs of corrosion should be replaced. Scaffolding planks should also be inspected and replaced or repaired as they begin to show wear and tear.

Reliance on construction equipment and heavy machinery is an integral aspect of day-to-day construction work, every bit as important as the construction itself. OSHA enforces regulatory standards to keep equipment maintained and workers safe. New York Labor Law also offers workers protection by requiring contractors, property owners and their agents to provide properly functioning equipment.

What Equipment Is Potentially Subject to Negligent Maintenance?

The following equipment must undergo continual inspection and maintenance at construction sites:

  • Ladders
  • Scaffolding
  • Fall constraints
  • Construction safety gear
  • Ropes and cables
  • Hoists
  • Stays
  • Slings
  • Pulleys
  • Blocks
  • Braces
  • Material lifts
  • Nail guns
  • Generators
  • Elevators
  • Power tools

Heavy machinery must also be properly maintained, including: cranes, bulldozers, excavators, graders, backhoes, forklifts and compactors.

Who Is Liable in a Negligent Maintenance Construction Accident Case?

When a legal team’s investigation reveals that negligent maintenance of equipment occurred, the following parties are often held accountable:

  • Building contractors
  • Property owners
  • Agents of property owners
  • Equipment maintenance companies

Consult with Skilled Construction Accident Lawyers for Legal Help

In certain cases, construction workers injured on the job are entitled to file not only a workers compensation claim but also a third party claim. Through a third party claim, they can recover compensation to offset medical costs, lost wages and future lost income along with pain and suffering.

Find out how our experienced attorneys can help you obtain the compensation you are entitled by law. At Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP, we offer a free consultation under no obligation to discuss your injury and the prospects of pursuing a case. We handle cases on a contingency fee basis, so there is no out-of-pocket expense. Our experience often makes a significant difference in the outcome of a case.

Call us toll free at 888.519.6400, or contact us in Garden City at 516.248.2234, or in Flushing-Queens, Brooklyn or the Bronx at 718.539.3100. You can also fill in our contact form, and we will get in touch with you.

 

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