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Horizontal Grinder Accidents

 

Construction is one of the most dangerous careers in America, with one in ten construction workers injured each year while working on the roads, infrastructure, and buildings across the country. This often involves the use of dangerous and heavy equipment such as horizontal grinders.

Horizontal grinders were first introduced in the ’90s as an alternative to the tub grinder. Similar to tub grinders, horizontal grinders come in a variety of sizes and horsepower and are designed to handle land-clearing debris, brush, stumps, logs, wood construction and demolition debris, and bark and leaves. In contrast with tub grinders, the horizontal grinder uses a positive-feed design to feed materials into the hammermill, using a long narrow infeed with a belt, chain, or slats with an infeed roller, thus the name “horizontal grinder”. These types of grinders are typically loaded from the top by an excavator or grapple and due to their feed system, they are less likely to eject materials than tub grinders, making them a popular option in populated areas. However, horizontal grinders are not without their risks. 

If you have been injured in a horizontal grinder accident, contact Mike Agruss Law for a free consultation. We are a Chicago-based injury law firm representing individuals (and their families) who have suffered an injury in an accident. We will handle your case quickly and advise you every step of the way, and we will not hesitate to go to trial for you. Lastly, Mike Agruss Law is not paid attorneys’ fees unless we win your case. Our no-fee promise is that simple. You have nothing to risk when you hire us – only the opportunity to seek justice. 

Dangers of Horizontal Grinders 

While horizontal grinders are considered safer than their drum grinder counterparts, they can still pose the risk for serious, and deadly accidents. The openings on horizontal grinders are smaller, making them less likely to throw debris, although accidents can still occur, especially in higher horsepower machines, machines being improperly maintained or operated, or defectively designed and/or manufactured machines.

The most common personal injuries seen in horizontal grinder accidents include:
  • Bruises
  • Lacerations
  • Fractures
  • Abrasions
  • Amputation
  • Crushing injuries
  • Severe burns
  • Permanent disabilities
  • Head, neck, and spinal injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Death 

Liability in Construction Accidents 

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH ACT), employers have an obligation to maintain a safe working environment and follow the regulations of OSHA. If the employer, subcontractor, equipment manufacturer, or another employee fails to follow the appropriate standards of care and their actions or inactions cause an accident, they could be liable for the injuries and damages their negligence caused. 

The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act provides benefits, including medical and rehabilitation expenses, partial wages, and disability benefits to an injured worker regardless of who was at-fault for the accident. Workers compensation does typically prohibit an employee from suing their employer for the accident, however there may be other options including filing a claim against a negligent third-party, such as a subcontractor, vendor, defective equipment designer and/or manufacturer, or general contractor who is not the employee’s direct employer.

Construction accidents are often complex, involving multiple parties and defendants. This is why it is important to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer to determine your rights under Illinois law.

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to negligence on the job site or a defective product, the lawyers at Mike Agruss Law can review your claim and determine if there were unsafe working conditions, potential OSHA violations, and other hazards that may have existed at the time of your accident. They will also determine who may be liable for your injuries and damages and what compensation you may be entitled to.

Helping our clients is about counseling, advocating, and ultimately solving problems. With years of experience successfully representing the people, not the powerful, we will take care of the insurance adjusters, your medical bills, your property damage, and your lost wages, and monitor your treatment so you can focus on healing and getting your life back to normal. Our unique formula has earned us over 1,000 outstanding client reviews on our website, an A+ BBB rating, and over 135 five-star reviews on Google. Call 888-572-0176, e-mail us at [email protected] or schedule a meeting with us here. We’re here 24/7.

 

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