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 tool carriers.
Tool carriers are specialized types of wheel loaders that use a parallel-lift linkage system to load, unload, and move palletized materials, pipes, and other materials. Tool carriers typically come with pallet forks, or general-purpose bucket attachments, but can also be telescoping with grapples, jibs, and clamps for lifting and placing loads atop multi-floor structures. While useful pieces of equipment in the construction industry, tool carriers are not without risk.
If you have been injured in a tool carrier 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.
Tool Carrier Risks
Moving materials around the job site can be time-consuming and challenging. Finding equipment to expedite the process, but doing so in a safe manner is important. Operators of tool carriers should be thoroughly trained in their safe operation to keep themselves and others free from serious accidents. It is also important that tool carriers are properly and routinely maintained and only those that are free from defects in design and/or manufacturing should be used. When a contractor allows an untrained employee to use a tool carrier or the tool carrier is not safe, injuries can occur.
The most common injuries seen in tool carrier 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 lawyer to determine your rights under Illinois law.
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