If you’ve been working on construction sites most of your life, you’re probably aware of the potential dangers conveyor belts can cause. Although many workers are trained to believe that a conveyor belt injury is an unavoidable hazard of their daily lives, many injuries are a result of employers cutting corners and exchanging speed for safety.
Here some of the most common ways workers may suffer from conveyor belt injuries in New Jersey:
- Cleaning and maintenance. Many construction workers have suffered from conveyer belt amputations during routine maintenance because the belt was not shut down properly. Even though the belt may be turned off to allow for cleaning, many employees have neglected to “lock out” the system—preventing it from being turned on again accidentally—before removing the guards.
- Clearing a jam. Several amputations have occurred as a result of workers reaching into nip points to clear debris or remove a jam without stopping the machine. In some cases, the lack of safety protocols may be blamed on employers who have warned their workers not to shut down machines during work hours.
- Catching clothing and material. Cloth, rags, and other materials can easily become caught and wound into fast moving belts, severing a worker's fingers, hand or arm as it is pulled into the conveyor nip point.
- Location and guard placement. At some sites, conveyors run over the workspace, causing a threat of falling objects. Employees have also been injured by walking on or near conveyors in close quarters and tripping and falling onto the belts.
If you, or someone you love has suffered a conveyor belt amputation injury, New Jersey construction accident lawyer Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr. can help you get compensation for your medical bills and future loss of income. Call us today at 877-360-0183 to get answers to all of your legal questions in your FREE consultation.