Can I File a Claim for a Slitter Machine Accident?
PA Industrial Accident Lawyer Explains Amputation and Wrongful Death Claims
Slitter machines are industrial apparatuses that cut large rolls of material, often steel or other metals, into smaller segments. Also called shears, guillotine shears and die cutters, these machines are common in the steel industry throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Shearing machines can be dangerous, however, when they lack sufficient safety devices to protect workers or when users are not trained properly. Product defects and/or employer negligence can cause catastrophic injuries, including loss of limb or wrongful death. If you suffer a serious injury or lose a loved one in a slitter machine accident, then you may be able to collect compensation from multiple sources, including your employer and the product manufacturer.
At Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., our attorneys have experience handling cases involving slitter machines and industrial accidents. We have the resources to fully investigate your accident to find if product defects or other negligence caused or contributed to your injuries. If so, then an industrial accident lawyer from our law firm can represent your interests in a third part lawsuit.
What Injuries May Result from Slitter Machine Accidents?
Slitter machines typically contain two blades which shear through rolls of stock metal, producing smaller rolls or flattened sections. If there are no barriers or safety devices present, then workers may become entangled in the layers being wound or pulled into the shearing apparatus. Due to the power of these machines, accidents usually have catastrophic results, which may include:
- Crush injuries. If a worker becomes caught in the machinery, then he or she may be crushed between layers of steel. This can cause broken bones, severe lacerations and worse injuries.
- Loss of limb. Amputation is a common result of shearer accidents, either directly or due to irreparable crush injuries. In most cases, loss of limb is a severely disabling injury that may affect your ability to return to work.
- Wrongful death. Without safety precautions and equipment, a slitter machine accident can easily cause wrongful death.
Since slitter machine accidents rarely cause minor injuries, victims typically require extensive medical treatment and may be unable to continue working.
What are My Legal Options After a Slitter Machine Accident?
Due to the potential danger of shearing machines, manufacturers and employers must take steps to keep workers from harm. The Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires certain adjustable guards for slitters. These guards prevent shorn pieces of metal from striking the worker and also prevent amputation and entanglement. Safety interlock systems keep workers from entering unsafe areas of these machines. However, product defects in the design or manufacture of this machinery may cause dangerous conditions, such as unguarded blades.
Additionally, employers must replace any worn or broken parts, as well as properly train workers. Failure to do so can create a hazardous situation, such as a machinery malfunction. If so, then workers may become caught in the moving parts of the shearer while attempting repairs. Poor training can also cause serious or fatal injuries, since workers may not know to avoid dangerous areas.
Since many different parties may be responsible for a slitter machine, accident victims and their families may be able to collect compensation from multiple parties. Generally, you can file a workers compensation claim with your employer if the injury occurred on the job, as is usually the case. However, workers comp rarely covers the full cost of an injury, especially a disabling injury like loss of limb. Therefore, an industrial accident lawyer will investigate to find any liable third parties, such as the manufacturer. A third party lawsuit, such as a product liability claim, can provide additional compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and other damages.
Hurt or Lose a Loved One in a Slitter Accident? Call an Industrial Accident Lawyer Today
If you sustain a catastrophic injury or lose a loved one in a shearing machine accident, then you may be entitled to compensation from your employer as well as negligent third parties. The catastrophic injury attorneys at our law firm have the experience and resources required to fully investigate these accidents.
We have offices in Philadelphia, PA and Cherry Hill, NJ. Call (866) 569-3400 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation. We offer free initial consultations and handle cases on a contingency fee basis.