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  1. Each year, tens of thousands of people throughout the U.S. suffer injuries on carnival and amusement park rides; many as a result of falling. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that amusement attractions, including fixed and mobile rides, inflatables, waterslides, and shopping mall and restaurant rides caused 42,329 injuries in 2018. Carnivals, fairs, and amusement parks are a popular entertainment source for people in Nevada. However, the fun may come to a frightening and often life-changing end when victims fall from rides. Causes of Amusement Ride Falls Falls and other amusement park ride accidents are caused by a number of factors. In some cases, these deadly accidents are caused by park owner or operator negligence. Poor maintenance could lead to mechanical failures that allow riders to fall. The employee running the ride may not have received adequate training on its safe operation and the potential hazards to watch out for. Defective safety features and ride design flaws, as well as actions on the part of ride passengers, may also result in falls from carnival and amusement park rides. When another party’s negligence contributed to their falls, those injured in amusement park accidents may have cause to seek compensation. Victims may recover damages for pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and other economic and non-economic losses. Common Carnival and Amusement Ride Injuries Adults and children may experience a range of injuries after falling from an amusement attraction. Some falls result in less serious injuries, including bruises, cuts, and broken bones. Others, however, may leave people with severe brain, head, neck, or back injuries. Many rides are fast-moving and take passengers to significant heights. Consequently, the injuries suffered due to falls from such attractions may be fatal. Just last year, for instance, a 10-year old girl suffered fatal injuries when she was ejected from a New Jersey amusement park ride called the “Xtreme.” As cars spin and the ride rotates in the opposite direction, a lap bar is all that protects passengers. Although the accident is under investigation, the lap bars have a history of failing. Staying Safe Many amusement ride falls could have been prevented. Following posted safety instructions as well as those verbally provided by ride operators, reading warnings, and reconsidering taking the ride when medical conditions exist can help riders stay safe. By Bradshaw Law LLC
  2. Workplace safety violations contribute to thousands of yearly on-the-job accidents that result in injuries and fatalities for workers. Workplace Safety Each year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) releases a list of the 10 top workplace safety violations that put workers at risk for injuries and occupational illnesses. The top 10 safety violations include: 1. Construction Fall Protection Construction workers must be protected from potentially fatal falls from heights of six feet or more. Employers must ensure that workers have adequate fall protection when working on equipment, roof tops, elevated platforms, excavation sites, and underground tunnels. 2. Scaffolding Scaffolding equipment must be strong enough to support the weight that is at least four times its maximum intended load. Guardrails must be installed for proper fall protection. 3. Ladders Ladders must provide maximum safety with adequate rungs covered in non-slip materials. Ladders must be able to support at least four times their intended load. 4. Fall Protection Training Employers must provide proper training to workers on how to recognize and avoid fall hazards, as well as the proper use of provided protective equipment and systems. 5. Machine Guarding Workers must be protected from equipment injuries caused by moving parts, flying debris, and sparks. All equipment must contain proper guards to prevent severe injuries. 6. Powered Industrial Vehicles Workers who operate powered equipment such as cranes, forklifts, and hand trucks must be protected with proper training. Lack of safety training can result in crushing injuries and fatalities to other workers. 7. Equipment Maintenance Employers must have lockout/tagout safety procedures in place to protect workers who are performing maintenance on workplace equipment. 8. Electrical Wiring Workers must be properly trained in the use of electrical wiring to prevent severe burns, fires, and electrocution in the workplace. 9. Respiratory Illness Employers must provide state-approved respirators to workers who face health hazards from dangerous materials such as toxic fumes, chemicals, and silica dust. All workers must receive written worksite procedures for proper equipment use. 10. Hazard Communication Workers must be informed of hazardous chemicals or toxic substances in the workplace. All hazardous substances must be clearly labeled, and workers must be given proper training on the use of protective equipment, safe work practices, and emergency procedures. Workplace safety is essential to prevent employee injuries. If they occur, workers must be informed of their rights to seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, emotional distress, and pain and suffering through a worker’s compensation claim. By: DePaolo & Zadeikis
  3. A typical construction project ― whether commercial or residential ― requires the collaborative efforts of multiple parties. General contractors, subcontractors, equipment manufacturers, materialmen, delivery truck drivers, property owners and other parties in any combination can be on the job site on any one particular day. When an individual is injured in a construction accident arising from a third party's negligence, that individual is entitled to seek damages. Steinberg Goodman & Kalish has in-depth knowledge of construction law and knows how to hold parties responsible when they fail to properly maintain equipment, employ unsafe methods and practices, or keep a construction site in safe order. Were you injured by faulty construction equipment? Our personal injury attorneys are experienced handling third-party construction accident claims arising from defective products. These types of personal injury claims are pursued as product liability claims. Heavy equipment is often found to be unsafe because of a lack of guarding on machinery, inadequate warnings on machinery, a design defect or a manufacturing defect. Steinberg Goodman & Kalish represents construction workers who have been injured in construction accidents involving equipment such as the following: Forklifts Cranes Scaffolding Ladders Backhoes Saws Nail guns Falling objects Construction Accidents Can Cause Serious Injuries Steinberg Goodman & Kalish is dedicated to protecting the rights of those who have sustained brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and other life-altering injuries. We strive to obtain justice for our injured clients in the form of fair compensation. For people suffering serious injuries as the result of a construction accident, compensation can be used for future medical treatment, future surgeries, physical therapy and special accommodations for your home. We want our clients to have peace of mind knowing they will not have to worry about having money to meet their physical needs. Fatal Construction Accidents Our personal injury attorneys also represent immediate family members who have lost loved ones in fatal construction accidents. Please contact us to schedule your complimentary case evaluation and learn how we can help.
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