Houston Aerial Lift Accident Attorneys
According to the Electronic Library of Construction Occupational Safety & Health, aerial lifts count for 2 to 3% of all construction deaths. Of those deaths, boom lifts count for over 70% and scissor lifts count for over 25%. Though aerial lifts are more effective than ladders and help construction workers get their jobs done efficiently, they can also pose serious dangers when not handled correctly.
If you or a loved one have been injured by an aerial lift, let Arnold & Itkin lawyers advocate on your behalf. Don’t suffer any longer. Contact trusted Houston construction accident attorneys for help!
The Dangers of Aerial Lifts
Aerial lifts come with an abundance of hazards and in a variety of forms. They can include vertical towers, articulating boom platforms, aerial ladders, and extendable boom platforms. Aerial lifts are commonly made of metal or fiberglass-reinforced plastic. In some cases, they are powered automatically, and in others, they are controlled by an operator on the ground. Workers must be trained to operate either type safely.
Hazards present in the use of aerial lifts include the following:
- Contact with Other Objects
- Causing Objects to Tip Over or Fall from Lifts
- Wire Entanglement
- Electric Shock
- Ceiling Contact
- Structural Collapse
- Falls from the Lift
- Contact with Power Lines
When operating aerial lifts, it is important that all employees are well-trained in how to use the equipment properly. Improper training could lead to severe, even fatal, harm. Our firm has often had to aid to injured workers because employers did not provide adequate training.
Training Employees to Work with Aerial Lifts
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that only trained professionals operate these lifts. The below trained professionals are required to know the lift’s manufacturer details, such as its maximum capacity and when to perform inspections.
Mandated training courses include the following:
- Explanations of all potential hazards
- Plan for dealing with each hazard
- Training to avoid unsafe conditions
- Instructions for the operation of the lift
- Demonstrations of the skills necessary to lift operation
If an accident occurs while the lift is in use, or if workplace hazards are discovered in connection with the lift, then all operators must be retrained. Also, if a lift operator is asked to operate a lift that he is not familiar with, the OSHA requires that the operators retrain for that specific lift. The OSHA also requires that employers retrain any workers that they see operating an aerial lift unsafely or improperly.
If you or another employee were not properly trained in how to operate the lift, your employer may be held liable for improper training. Don’t hesitate to contact Arnold & Itkin for investigative help.
Injured in an Aerial Lift Accident? Call Arnold & Itkin's Accident Lawyers at (888) 493-1629.
If you were working with an aerial lift and were severely harmed, then you have the right to seek worker's compensation. With the right attorney on your side, you may be able to get a settlement that will cover all of your medical bills from the accident as well as punitive damages. To help you determine who can be held liable for your injuries, talk to a Houston construction accident attorney from Arnold & Itkin today. We have recovered billions of dollars in compensation for clients in Houston and across the nation, securing their futures with financial justice.
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