Man Lift Accidents
Seasoned Boston Personal Injury Lawyers
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 use them and to people nearby.
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.
- Lost Earning Capacity.
- Pain and Suffering.
Discuss your options for legal recourse with an experienced Man Lift Accident Attorney at Mitcheson & Lee LLP. Call (617) 934-3207 today for a free consultation.
What Are Man Lifts?
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration defines a 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 of 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.
Here at Mitcheson & Lee LLP, our personal injury attorneys in Boston act quickly to collect evidence before it is compromised and in order to fight for the compensation our clients deserve. Man lift accidents could be complex to litigate, often times involving premises 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. The goal at our firm is to obtain justice and maximum compensation for our clients and their loved ones.