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Power tools can be found everywhere on the job site and are used in basically every phase and aspect of construction. As power tools become more powerful and plentiful at the worksite, the chances of serious personal injury or wrongful death increase. New York City power tool accident attorney Leandros A. Vrionedes represents NYC construction workers who are injured on the job due to power tool use, including from defective products, misuse by other workers, or lack of proper safety equipment, training and procedures.
Two of the most common ways people are injured from the use of power tools occur when the tool is lacking the proper safety guards or when the worker is not provided adequate protection. Tools such as table saws should come with safety guards, automatic shut-offs and other safety features to prevent industrial accidents. However, often times these safety features are either not working properly or even have been intentionally removed or disabled, usually to make the work go quicker or easier. Such modifications are unlawful, and an employer responsible for maintaining equipment in safe working order could be liable for any injuries which result.
In addition, New York Labor Law section 240(1) specifically requires that construction workers be provided with adequate protection when working from heights. A ladder fall or scaffold collapse is serious enough on its own, but when a worker is engaged in the use of a power tool at the time, the results can be especially grisly. Regardless of where they are at the job site, workers should be provided with protective eyewear, gloves and other suitable gear when working with high-powered machinery.
The law firm of Leandros A. Vrionedes, P.C. helps construction workers injured by power tools from the smallest drills and nail guns to heavy machinery such as forklifts, cranes, and bulldozers used in trenching and excavation operations.
The home improvement craze has created a booming industry in the sale and rental of power tools to non-professional consumers who are able to operate – without any training – powerful equipment that can cause serious injury or death, including nail guns, power drills, chain saws, table saws, circular saws, air compressors, snow blowers, riding lawnmowers, backhoes and wood chippers. Use of these tools are responsible for hundreds of thousands of visits to the emergency room every year. When the injury was caused by a power tool which was defectively designed or manufactured or failed to include adequate warnings and instructions, the law office of Leandros A. Vrionedes steps in to hold those product makers responsible for their errors or omissions.
If you have been injured at home or at work in an accident involving power tool use, contact Leandros A. Vrionedes, P.C. in New York City for a free case evaluation to determine whether you may be able to receive compensation for the injuries done to you.