Any defect when lifting or lowering a hoist can lead to serious New York construction injuries.
Hoists lift and lower loads to an exact location on a New York construction site. Although hoists are a common and simple construction tool, they can cause serious, life-threatening injuries to workers. Because hoists carry heavy loads, any defect in the chain, pulley, or operation of the hoist can result in devastating and sometimes fatal consequences.
To limit the number of hoist accidents, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has developed a number of safety guidelines, some of which read as follows:
- Do not use hoists to lift people
- Do not pass loads over construction workers
- Do not tip the load
- Do not exceed the load limit
- Do not raise loads higher than necessary
- Do not leave suspended loads unsupervised
Employers are also expected to inspect hoists on a regular basis to ensure they are in good, working condition. They should also inspect hooks, ropes, brakes and limit switches to check for wear and damage. Lastly, employers are obligated to post the safe load limit on the hoist.
New York Construction Injury Lawyers and Hoist Accident Claims
The failure of an employer to properly inspect and maintain hoists may be legally considered negligence if workers are injured in a New York hoisting accident. By contacting a New York construction accident attorney, victims can discuss their eligibility for a lawsuit with someone who will investigate their claim, including the conditions of the jobsite, the hoist that was involved in the injury, and the witnesses that were present at the time of the accident.
If you have been injured in a hoisting accident, fill out our FREE case evaluation form. The personal injury attorneys at Block O'Toole will determine whether you are eligible for a construction accident lawsuit. Our New York construction accident lawyers have the legal background and knowledge to investigate and pursue your claim aggressively and successfully. Contact us today to find out if you can recover compensation for your hoisting accident injuries.
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