Defective equipment on a construction site is always a safety hazard. In the case of worn or defective ropes and cables, the consequences could prove fatal, both for the worker that uses the equipment and for other workers or even pedestrians.
OSHA regulations dictate that every cable and rope needs to be visually inspected before each shift by a competent person, capable of determining if the equipment is safe to use during that shift. Unfortunately, this practice is often neglected, leading to injuries that could have been easily prevented.
Moreover, even when the cable or rope does not present any structural damage, lifting weights beyond its capacity or using the equipment for other purposes than those intended can result in the cable or rope snapping, leading to materials and objects being dropped from a crane or similar equipment, platforms collapsing, or workers falling from a height. Such accidents often lead to serious injuries, requiring extensive treatment and resulting in inability to work, sometimes for long periods of time.
In these circumstances, you need an experienced personal injury lawyer who can gather evidence and build your case against those responsible for your injuries. Personal injury attorney John M. O’Brien can help. After going over your case details, we can tell you if you have a case, and what type of compensation you may pursue. Call one of our offices in Sacramento or Elk Grove and schedule your free consultation.