Many equipment manufacturing companies have developed defective machinery that has left a long trail of lawsuits by injured victims and surviving family members of loved ones killed in a hay baler accident. Even with major breakthroughs in innovative advancements in agricultural technology, many balers are still notoriously dangerous pieces of equipment to use on the farm.
This is because baler compression rollers used to fit fresh-cut hay into the unit become jammed when attempting to pack bales of hay. In many incidences, the farmer working to clear blockage inadvertently gets an extremity caught in the rollers, resulting in serious injury or death.
The baler is designed to cut, rake and compact accumulated bundles of fresh-cut hay into a square manageable size that is easy to move, stack and transport. However, its design makes it highly susceptible to dangerous accidents where victims are left with serious injuries. Hay baler accident victims usually suffer significant injuries that cause permanent or temporary disabilities and other medical conditions including:
- Amputations and Lacerations – At high speed, the baler is designed to cut and process fresh-cut hay in a wide swath faster than four feet every second. Without adequate guarding secured in place, the arms and hands of the operator can easily be pulled into the equipment faster than the natural ability to react.
- Crushed Limbs and Broken Bones – When rolled into a large bail, the massive accumulation of fresh-cut hay can weigh more than a ton. Many hay baler accidents involve crushing or suffocation by the massive size of the bail when it is released from the equipment or moved into storage improperly.
- Rollover Accident – The weight, size and configuration of large hay bales can easily tip a tractor to the point of rolling over.
To ensure proper safety on the farm, and minimize the potential of a hay baler accident, the equipment must be properly designed and fully secured with guarding designed for that specific unit. In addition, adequate warnings and appropriate instructions issued by the manufacturer are necessary to ensure every farmer can work in a safe environment. Adequate training must include making sure the farmer never feeds twine into the baler by hand.
The unit must be maintained at the proper speed and settings during harvesting to avoid any issues. Proper maintenance should include repairing or replacing worn or broken parts including loose belts, missing pickup tines, or other damage components that restrict feeding material into the bail chamber properly.
However, ensuring a safe work environment is not only left up to the farmer. Manufacturers have a duty to ensure that every hay baler they sell is fully guarded on the sides, rear and front to prevent workers from contacting dangerous components while the equipment is operating.
When Injuries Occur While Working With Hay Balers
Many hay baler accident injuries can be prevented when the machinery is designed to guard against foreseeable hazards. In addition, the manufacturer must design the equipment with guarding that remains immovable while the machinery is in use. When an injury occurs from a defective component or lack of proper training, the victim might be able to obtain compensation from all parties responsible for the injuries. The amount of compensation will likely cover ongoing expenses including medical bills, lost time away from work, physical damages, pain, suffering, and emotional trauma.
Obtaining Legal Representation to Investigate and Prosecute an Accident With a Hay Baler
If you have suffered serious injuries or know someone who has been involved in a hay baler accident, it is best to hire a personal injury attorney to fight aggressively on your behalf. Rosenfeld injury lawyers are skilled at seeking compensatory and punitive damages in hay baler accident injury claims. We accept all farm injury cases on contingency. This means we are only paid for our legal services when we obtain financial compensation for you.
We have years of experience in handling defective equipment personal injury cases and have prevailed against many major manufacturers in numerous product liability cases. Our legal team has extensive negotiating skills to obtain an out of court settlement and litigation experience if we need to take your case to court. We invite you to contact our law firm at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a free consultation to evaluate your claim for recompense.