When discussing machine guarding, the arena is normally a place of business. Thousands of people are injured or killed each year from machines that are not adequately guarded. Agricultural equipment, just like machines in factories, has similar hazards that, if not properly guarded, could lead to serious injury or death. Our firm is currently investigating a case where improper guarding of a hay baler led to serious injuries to our client’s hand.
Our client purchased the baler brand new and immediately experienced problems with the functioning of the equipment. He followed the directions provided with the baler and even consulted the dealer and the manufacturer. While following a process of cleaning the belts on the baler, his hand was caught in a nip point leading to serious injury. The guard for the area where our client was injured was not interlocked. In other words, the hazard could operate and cause injury when the guard was open for maintenance. Interlock technology is common, inexpensive and has been available as a standard safety device for decades. The most common household interlock is the simple microwave oven. A microwave oven will not operate unless the door is closed. Interlock technology would have prevented the injury to our client.
In addition to the pain, suffering, inconvenience and medical bills associated with his injury, our client also lost the ability to earn income as a farmer and he lost business income because the baler never functioned as promised by the dealer and manufacturer. We will keep you updated on the progress of this litigation. If you need additional information please contact Kendall Dunson at 800-898-2034 or by email at Kendall.Dunson@beasleyallen.com.
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