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The logging industry uses heavy equipment called skidders to pull felled trees out of the forest. Even in the most ideal conditions, logging is one of the most dangerous professions. Proper equipment with adequate and functioning safety features can protect loggers from serious and fatal injuries. Defective skidders pose an additional risk.
Skidders are prone to the common defects found in all types of heavy equipment, but they also have some unique defects that put loggers at risk. Skidders manufactured before 1991 lacked sufficient occupant protection. Many were built without doors or other side protection. This allows objects such as tree limbs to enter the occupant space, often with great force.
When these objects strike skidder operators, the injuries can include:
In addition to these injuries, the operator can lose control of the skidder, and the powerful vehicle can cause further accidents and injury to other workers, pushing down trees on top of other loggers or running them over.
Skidders are not immune to the defects that affect other heavy equipment including defective brakes and defective seat belts.
If you or a loved one was injured by a defective skidder, the attorneys at Jacoby & Meyers can help you receive the compensation you deserve. We have handled many defective product lawsuits, enabling our clients to recover important damages which cover costly medical expenses, lost wages, and ongoing long term care.
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