Power presses continue to kill and disable workers, despite suppliers’ knowledge of safeguards to prevent such incidents. Manufacturers and other suppliers know how to guard power presses, but often to fail to do so.
A recent example of a press incident is a crush incident on an aluminum press that killed a worker at an Ohio plant in August, 2014. An aluminum press crushed and killed Daniel Banks, an Ohio resident, on August 6, at an aluminum extrusion plant in Niles, Ohio. According to news reports, the company has three aluminum presses, with the smallest one rated at 1,600 tons. The ram of the press descended and crushed the worker.
Power press incidents continue to happen although the technology to prevent such incidents has been known for decades. In some instances, manufacturers have knowingly sold unsafe presses to employers, even though the manufacturers knew that the presses were unsafe.
Galfand Berger has decades of experience in investigating power press incidents. Presses range in size from very small presses up to presses of some thousands of tons. Because many manufacturers have gone bankrupt, knowledge of the industry and other potential defendants is important in pursuing a case where a worker was injured on a press.
If you or a loved one has been injured by defective machinery or equipment, contact a products liability attorney at Galfand Berger. Call our law offices at 1-800-222-USWA or submit an online inquiry. We have offices conveniently located in Philadelphia, Reading and Bethlehem, PA, and represent clients throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania, including the Allentown and Harrisburg regions, and Southern New Jersey.