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Tub Grinder Accidents

Michael Agruss

Written and Reviewed by Michael Agruss

  • Managing Partner and Personal Injury Lawyer at Mike Agruss Law.
  • Over 20 years of experience in Personal Injury.
  • Over 8000+ consumer rights cases settled.
  • Graduated from the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law: Juris Doctor, 2004.

 

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 tub grinders. 

Tub grinders are used in waste recycling and land clearing operations and range in size, power, and configuration, but are used mainly in taking brush, leaves, stumps, pallets, and other wood construction debris materials and processing it, typically into saleable products like mulch and boiler fuel, and to also help minimize landfill waste. 

If you have been injured in a tub grinder accident, contact Mike Agruss Law for a free consultation. We are a Chicago-based personal 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 Tub Grinders 

Tub grinders, while useful, can be dangerous. Tub grinders are notorious for hurling objects long distances and at considerable speed due to the exposure of the rotor at the bottom of the tub. Some tub grinders may be equipped with a protective cover, but typically these are left off. 

Tub grinders also require a conscientious and trained operator to prevent accidents. If a tub grinder is not properly maintained, is defective in design or manufacture, or an operator allows for an item to be included in the grinder that is not intended to be ground, it can also cause serious injuries including severe bodily injuries, permanent disability, and wrongful 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 attorney 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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