Conveyor Belt Injuries
Experienced Conveyor Belt Accident Attorneys
Manufacturers and warehouses everywhere rely on the use of conveyor belts, which introduced an unparalleled way of quickly transporting large number of goods throughout factories. Improperly constructed conveyor belts as well as belts that are not properly maintained or operated, however, can create a significant risk of work injuries.
If you or a loved one is a worker who has been harmed in such a way, it is common to feel uncertain about how to proceed to obtain compensation for the resulting injuries. One of the best first steps to take in these situations is to obtain the assistance of a skilled work accident attorney who will help ensure that you achieve the best possible results.
Common Injuries Caused by Conveyor Belts
Some of the most common ways in which workers are injured in conveyor belt accidents include the following:
- Becoming stuck in the conveyor belt’s drive mechanisms due to loose clothing or jewelry
- Being injured by the conveyor belt’s pulleys or idlers, which frequently occurs while trying to adjust or clean this area
- Being struck by items that fall from a conveyor belt
- Crushing injuries
- Degloving injuries involving a worker’s fingers or hands, which occur when a worker’s skin is pulled from the flesh and bone
- Failure to disconnect power sources when conveyor belts are shut down for maintenance, which can result in electrocutions and other deadly injuries
- Getting a hand stuck inside machinery while attempting to clear objects that are blocking the belt
- Loss of limbs due to crushing or laceration when workers attempt to move objects while traveling on a conveyor belt
Reducing the Risk of Conveyor Belt Accidents
There are three primary ways to reduce the risk of accident involving conveyor belts, which include the following:
- Maintenance: Employers must make sure to properly maintain conveyor belts. It is also a wise idea for employers to warn employees about any potential safety risks in the work environment that could lead to accidents.
- Organizations: Employers have a duty to make sure that a workplace is kept safe and to reduce any dangerous elements in the work environment that could harm workers. The area surrounding conveyor belts should be kept clear of any moving parts that could endanger workers. Employers should also make sure to use barriers or guardrails as well as emergency stop cables.
- Training: Workers who will be around conveyor belts must receive an adequate amount of training in how to safely work near these conveyor belts and what steps to take in the event of an emergency. Employers are required to provide this type of training.
Speak with a Seasoned Workplace Injury Attorney
Conveyor belt injuries frequently result in workers facing hefty medical bills and lost wages. If you or a loved one is in such a situation, obtain the assistance of a skilled workers compensation lawyer who will remain committed to fighting for the compensation that you deserve. Contact our law office today for help.
We offer a free, no-obligation legal consultation to help you understand your rights and the value of your case.
Our worker’s injury lawyers assist clients throughout all of Massachusetts including, but not limited to, those in the following counties, cities and towns: Plymouth County, Brockton, Plymouth, Bridgewater, Marshfield, Hingham, Duxbury, Wareham, Abington, Rockland, Whitman, Hanson, Holbrook, Middleborough; Norfolk County including Quincy, Stoughton, Dedham, Weymouth, Braintree, Avon, Holbrook, Randolph, Canton, Sharon, Brookline, Franklin; Bristol County including New Bedford, Fall River, Taunton, Attleboro, Westport, Dartmouth, Mansfield, Easton, Raynham, Lakeville, Norton; Cape Cod, Hyannis, Falmouth, Barnstable and the Greater Boston area including Cambridge, Somerville, Medford, Everett, Lawrence, Lynn, Revere, Dorchester, Roxbury.
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