Punch Press Accident Attorney | Workplace Injury Lawsuits
According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Punch Press Machines can be one of the most dangerous machinery tools resulting in thousands of workplace injuries each year. Common causes of punch press accidents include defective manufacturing, failure to properly inspect, failure maintain machines, failure to provide proper safety warnings and labeling, failure to properly supervise and or train employees as to the proper use of pouch press machines. If you have suffered severe injuries from a defective punch press machine in your place of work contact the work injury attorney at the Downtown LA Law Group.
Common injuries caused by punch press malfunctions include
- Finger amputations
- hand and arm amputations
- Hand Crush Injuries
- Facial injuries including lacerations
- Traumatic head injuries
- Severed leg
- Severe eye injuries
- Ear injuries – leading to the loss of hearing
There are many different types of machine presses in the workplace which can result in serious injuries if improperly handled or defectively manufactures including
- Mechanical Power Presses
- Hydraulic Presses
- Hybrid hydraulic and mechanical presses
- Powered Press Brakes
- Pneumatic Presses
Workplace safety: Before using a punch presses always make sure that all guars are in position and properly adjusted. Always inspect and fully maintain industrial machinery before use; make sure all its parts are working properly, adjusted and calibrated for the specific type of use intended for.
What Makes a Industrial Machinery Defective:
There are generally three distinct avenues of proving the presence of a defect in industrial machinery. They include (1) Defect in the design (2) Defect in manufacturing of the machine and (3) Failure to provide proper warning or labeling defect.
Design Defect: A design defect takes into consideration the overall design of the product. Was the product properly designed? Did the manufacturer have more suitable designs which were less likely to cause harm? Did the manufacturer anticipate the use of the product? If the product is found to be defectively designed then you may be entitled to recovery for injuries sustained.
Manufacturing: Manufacturer defects occur when there is a flaw in the manufacturing method, which caused the product to be different from what the manufacturer originally intended. The product will be considered defective when it is different from its original design, even though care was exercised to avoid this issue. When considering whether a product has a manufacturing defect, the important question is always whether it was designed in conformity with the manufacturer’s original plans. If there is some type of deviation then a manufacturer defect is considered to exist.
Failure to Warn of Danger or hazards: Failure to warn occurs when the defendant or manufacturer of the product does not warn of known dangers. If the manufacturer does not adequately warn of a known risk then it can be liable for failure to warn. While manufacturers are not required to warn of obvious dangers, the courts apply an objective test to determine knowledge. Would a reasonable person know whether the product was defective or noticed the inherent issue? This is the objective standard test and specific knowledge is not considered. Manufacturers must warn through proper instruction of the various known risks or risks they could have discovered through reasonable discovery
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