Used in the construction of bridges, piers and other marine structures, pile drivers are mechanical devices that literally do what their name says—drive piles deep into sediments by plunging gigantic weights down long guide lines. These weights are lifted up the pile driver’s guide line with the aid of steam, hydraulics, diesel fuel or even manual labor, and then released multiple times to secure the pile firmly underwater. Because stability is crucial for this type of job, most pile drivers are operated from land, but engineers sometimes resort to pile-driving barges.
As you can imagine, operating a pile driver—or even working in the general vicinity of a pile driver—can be extremely dangerous and lead to accidents which can result in serious injury or even death.
We represent clients injured in pile driving accidents, including with, but not limited to, the following equipment:
If you or a loved one has been injured while operating a land-based pile driver, you may be entitled to recover damages from the machine’s owner or the manager of the construction site. Injuries or deaths while working on marine pile drivers may be actionable under the Jones Act, which guarantees compensation to injured marine employees, whether or not the operator or owner of the pile driver can be shown to have behaved recklessly or negligently.
Call or email our maritime accident law firm today for a free consultation and learn more about how we can help you.
Maritime Accident Law Offices of Preston Easley
2500 Via Cabrillo Marina
San Pedro, California 90731