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 masonry core drills.
Concrete core drilling is a common activity on many job sites across the country. Most employees performing such work are highly trained experts that specialize in concrete and masonry. However, on occasion, plumbers, general construction workers, electricians, and other renovation professionals will also carry out core drilling procedures. Regardless of who is practicing core drilling, it is important that they do so safely to prevent injuries.
If you have been injured in a masonry core drill 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.
Masonry Core Drill Risks
No matter who is doing the masonry core drilling, it is important that they do so safely to avoid accidents. This includes the following:
- Choose the proper drill for the job – Masonry core drills come in both handheld and larger, rig-mounted, or stand units. Jobs, where holes will be no more than three (3) inches in diameter, can typically be completed with a handheld model and anything larger than three inches in diameter would require a larger drill.
- Use the right motor option – Masonry core drills come in three power formats: hydraulic, air, and electric. Consideration of the worksite power source will determine which type of drill will be appropriate for the job.
- Choose the right stand attachment – Vertical or angled jobs require the use of attachments for stand-mounted drills. Working in these conditions also require wall anchors for the drill and safety chains to minimize drill slippage.
- Choose the right drill bit – Depending on the material being drilled into will determine the type of drill bit to be used. The industry standard is diamond-tipped bits in either hard or soft bonds.
- Keep the depth of the hole in mind – Deeper holes require barrel bit accessories to function as extenders and allow the operator to drill deeper into the substance they are working on.
- Make safety a top priority – To remain safe, masonry core drill operators should wear personal protective equipment (PPE) at all times, including eye protection, ear protection, and gloves. They should also understand the equipment they are using and only use equipment that is safe, properly maintained, and free from defects in both design and/or manufacturing.
When masonry core drill accidents occur, they often cause serious injuries. The most common injuries seen in masonry core drill accidents include:
- Crushing injuries
- Severe burns
- Permanent disabilities
- Head, neck, and spinal injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
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 law firm
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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.
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