Understanding Conveyor Belt Accidents
Conveyor belt accidents have the potential to result in substantial injuries. Recently, a Montcalm County woman was killed on a conveyor-belt related accidents. Family members reported last seeing the woman loading corn onto a conveyor belt. After a family member found the woman on the property and immediately called emergency medical services. By this time, however, it was too late and the woman had fallen victim to her injuries. Although it remains to be determined exactly how the woman was killed during the accident, alcohol is not believed to have played an influential role in the accident.
Conveyor belts are used to move items from one area of a facility to another. For individuals who work an assembly job, for a distribution company, in a warehouse, or in a coal mine, individuals are likely exposed to a conveyor belt during the course of their job. While conveyor belts serve in an invaluable purpose for many workers, these belts also have the potential to cause serious injuries and sometimes even fatalities.
Common Causes Of Conveyor Belt Accidents
Some of the most common types of conveyor belt accidents include the following:
- Falling Objects: Items have been known to fall from conveyor belts. The location of the conveyor belt or the number of items that have been stacked onto a conveyor belt have been to cause catastrophic injuries.
- Improperly Assembled Belts: Failure to adequately follow instructions when constructing conveyor belts can create a significant risk of workers being injured. Conveyor belts must be assembled according to the applicable instructions.
- Failure To Follow Safety Guidelines: One of the most common causes of conveyor belt accidents occurs when companies, equipment manufacturers, or contracts fail to follow applicable safety guidelines.
- Removal Of Safety Guards: In many factories, managers or factory owners remove important safety guards during operation of the conveyor belt for the purpose of increasing productivity and allowing individuals easier access to the belt during work.
- Improper Repairs: Workers should not conduct repair or maintenance of a conveyor belt unless the belt’s power has been completely turned off. Conveyor belt workers must also be adequately trained in conveyor belt safety.
Typical Injuries Due To Conveyor Belt Accidents
Some of the most common injuries caused by conveyor belt accidents include amputations, loss of limbs, lacerations, severe neck injuries, spinal cord damage, facial injuries, serious head injuries, fractured or broken bones, and fatalities. One of the most common types of injuries of injuries occur when an individual’s body parts are pressed between two objects, which can cause bleeding, blood vessel damage, bruising, fractures, muscle damage, and fatalities. Our firm is also able to represent the families of workers who have been killed in conveyor belt accidents.
Contact An Experienced Accident Attorney
Jay Trucks & Associates, PC has the energy and the resources to fully investigate workplace accidents involving conveyor belts in the state of Michigan. We will fight tirelessly to hold companies accountable for safety violations that contribute to worker injuries or fatalities and receive adequate compensation. If you or a loved one has been injured in a conveyor belt accident and any other type of workplace accident, do not hesitate to contact an experienced conveyor belt accident attorney. With over 100 years of experience, the accident lawyers at Jay Trucks & Associates have the knowledge and understanding to fight the insurance companies to get the compensation you deserve for your injury. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.