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Worn Out Work Equipment Can Be a Significant Risk

In a recent story, a company has been fined after a worker was injured when his foot got trapped by the paddles in the hopper of a concrete pump.

The work had lifted the interlocked safety grille and sat on the hopper with his feet inside removing the concrete residue. The safety interlock failed causing the paddles to start moving trapping his left foot resulting in partial amputation.

Employers are legally required to ensure that work equipment is maintained in a safe condition for use, which in this case was the safety interlock on the hopper grille.

What caused this equipment malfunction? That will be investigated further, but more often than not, we find that many of the equipment malfunctions occur due to lack of proper upkeep by the employer.

Employers try to cut costs by using the same equipment over and over, despite the fact that this could wear out the equipment, thus posing a potential danger for hard-working employees.

If this scenario sounds familiar to you, then you need to contact Eric, Randy, and Sarah a 515-225-4485 or at You have rights...rights that protect you in case you should suffer an unfortunate injury at the workplace. Let us help fight for your rights and get you your maximum compensation!

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