Man Lift Accidents

Man-lifts are a common sight, particularly in booming metropolitans. People walk by them all the time without so much as a second glance. A lot of the time, the use of a man-lift go without incident. However, these machines pose real serious threats to those who uses them and to people nearby. In Seattle, Washington, two contractors working on an expressway while in the basket of the man-lift were knocked into by a box truck, and subsequently fell out. This resulted in the death of one man who fell approximately 50 feet. In California, one man sustained serious head trauma when the man-lift he was operating collided with a freight train upon crossing an intersection with train tracks. In New Hampshire, a worker in the basket of a man-lift suffered injuries when a car collided with his basket in a travel lane. In Pennsylvania, a man-lift toppled over and threw the construction worker from its basket about 125 feet down, killing him in the process. As the man-lift toppled, it smashed into a nearby five-story apartment building, knocked down a traffic pole, and crashed into parked cars, injuring surrounding civilians with falling debris.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration defines man-lift as, “A device consisting of a power-driven endless belt moving in one direction only, and provided with steps or platforms and handholds attached to it for the transportation of personnel from floor to floor.” The terms “aerial lifts”, “scissor lifts”, and “boom lifts” have also been used interchangeably with man-lifts. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1380 workers have been injured while operating an aerial lift between the years of 2011 and 2014. In those same years, approximately 87 workers had fatal accidents while operating an aerial lift. The American National Standards Institute and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration developed standards for the design, manufacturing, training, and safe performance of man-lifts. Causes for man-lift accidents may include, but are not limited to:

  • Inadequate training provided to maintenance crews.
  • Inadequate inspections and maintenance of equipment.
  • Lack of fall protections like guardrails, scaffoldings, and warning signage.
  • Improperly secured harness.
  • Collisions with other objects or vehicles.
  • High and gusty wind conditions.
  • Operating on uneven surfaces.
  • Exceeding the weight capacity for the man-lift basket.
  • Having contact with electrical wiring.

If you or a loved one was harmed in a man-lift accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and losses. Compensation may include but are not limited to:

  • Medical Bills (including current and future medical expenses).
  • Loss Wages from the Incapacity to Work.
  • Loss Earning Capacity.
  • Pain and Suffering.

Here at Mitcheson & Lee, our personal injury attorneys will act quickly to collect evidence before it is compromised and to get you the compensation you so rightfully deserve. Man-lift accidents could be complex to litigate, often times involving premise liability, product defects, various liable parties, and insurance disputes. Our experienced attorneys understand how to navigate these ropes to support your claim, and aim to get you the maximum amount of recovery.

At Mitcheson & Lee, our knowledgeable personal injury attorneys are prepared to represent your claim. Your health and safety are our top priorities. The goal at our firm is to obtain justice and maximum compensation for our clients and their loved ones. If you or someone you know was injured in a man-lift accident, please contact Mitcheson & Lee at (617) 939-4388 or (781) 223-3635‬ to schedule a complimentary consultation.

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