Were You Injured by a Defective Aerial Lift?

Injuries Caused by Aerial Lift Defects | Patrick Daniel Law
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Genie has issued a safety notice for telescopic boom lifts from multiple years of manufacture. Bolts in the turntable rotation unit of these lifts can become loose, resulting in the separation of the turntable unit from the chassis of the lift. This can result in the machine tipping over, collapsing, or suffering other failure.

Aerial lifts are among the most dangerous pieces of equipment on a construction site. Workers may suffer serious injuries and even death as a result of operator error, product defects, and more.

Patrick Daniel Law is currently investigating aerial lift accidents involving defective Genie telescopic boom lifts. Our injury attorney represents workers in a variety of industries who have been severely hurt in accidents caused by faulty equipment, as well as the families of those who died in tragic workplace accidents.

What Genie Boom Lifts Are Affected by the Safety Notice?

Genie has issued multiple safety alerts this year concerning the risks posed by unsecured turntable bolts:

The following machines may suffer a failure as a result of this defect:

  • Manufacture year 2019
    • S-65: Serial numbers from S60H-39903 to 40455
    • S-60X: Serial numbers from S60XH-39397 to 40454
    • S-60XC: Serial numbers from S60XCH-45009 to 46426
    • S-65XC: Serial numbers from S65XCH-45007 to 46425
  • Manufacture year 2015-2018
    • S-65: Serial numbers from S6015H-35001 to 35031, S6016H-35032 to 36172, and S60H-36400 to 40438
    • S-60X: Serial numbers from S60X16H-35034 to 36171 and S60XH-36401 to 40456
    • S-60XC: Serial numbers from S60XC16H-35119 to 36114 and S60XCH-36472 to 45011
    • S-65XC: Serial numbers from S65XCH-45001 to 45010
    • S-60 TRAX: Serial numbers from S60TX16H-35555 to 36014, S60TXH-36581 to 40150, S60TX16H-35463 to 36161, and S60TXH-36437 to 40198
    • S-65 TRAX: Serial numbers from S65TXH-40225 to 40225

The safety notice includes instructions for securing turntable bearing bolts and returning the machine to service. In reality, unfortunately, many companies are likely to disregard these warnings and continue to use the unsafe lifts.

Removing a machine from service to make repairs takes time and costs money. Far too many construction companies are willing to put workers’ lives in jeopardy to save a buck.

Your Options for an Aerial Lift Accident Claim

If you have been injured or a loved one was seriously hurt or killed in an accident involving a boom lift, you may have more than one claim. It is in your best interest to contact an injury attorney as soon as possible to discuss your options.

Potential claims after an accident with an aerial lift include:

  • Product liability claims: The manufacturer and other parties involved in the assembly, distribution, and sale of a defective product may be liable for injuries sustained as a result of the flaw. Defective booms, turntables, and other components can lead to catastrophic accidents involving lifts. Expert examination of the lift is crucial for prevailing in a defective product claim.
  • Third-party injury and wrongful death claims: Negligent maintenance of tools and machines is a common factor in workplace injuries and deaths. The owner of the property and/or the general contractor responsible for the work site can be held liable in a personal injury or wrongful death claim for accidents caused by the failure to repair and maintain lifts.
  • Workers’ compensation: Workers who are hurt on the job may have recourse to their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance for recompense of medical bills, lost wages, and more. Death benefits may be available to families of a worker who is killed on the job.

Unfortunately, Texas does not require employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance. Many employers – especially in the construction industry – take advantage of the lax laws to save money. In the event of an accident, however, this leaves the uninsured employer open to civil liability.

An experienced attorney can review the details of your lift accident and advise you of your options for recovering fair compensation. You may have multiple options for filing a claim.

Contact a Lift Accident Lawyer Today

The safety notice for Genie telescopic boom lifts is just the latest in a long line of issues with aerial lifts in the construction industry. Aerial lift accidents are a major contributor to some of the leading causes of serious injury and death on construction sites, including falls, electrocutions, and more.

If you and your loved ones suffered harm as a result of an aerial lift accident, it is crucial to have a knowledgeable lawyer on your side. At Patrick Daniel Law, we are Strategic, Meticulous, and Merciless. Our team thoroughly investigates each case, develops innovative legal strategies, and ruthlessly pursues the results our clients deserve.

Please call Patrick Daniel Law at (713) 999-6666 today for a FREE case evaluation. Our attorney serves the victims of aerial lift accidents throughout Houston, all of Texas, and nationwide.

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