Construction Accident - Machinery Accident
Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin partner Kenneth J. Halperin obtained a settlement in the amount of $300,000 for our client, a 27 year old carpenter, who was injured when his hand was pulled into a saw blade causing a laceration to the top of his hand.
The evidence established that our client's employer removed necessary guards from their employees' grinder saws to make them easier to use, but at the cost of safety. Further, the evidence revealed that the general contractor forced our client to work in a difficult location on the floor instead of in a proper work area with a table saw, where our client would have had the ability to safely make the proper cuts with the saw.
While he was working on the floor our client's saw hit a divot, kicked back and sliced his hand as a result of the missing guard.
Our client sustained a laceration to the extensor tendon in his hand which required a surgical procedure to repair. He made a full recovery and returned to work shortly after the procedure.