Defective Equipment Attorney
industrial accidents occur due to the operation of defective equipment and tools in the workplace.
Defective equipment can include the following:
- Hand tools used for welding, hammering, and other activities;
- Industrial equipment including rotators, conveyors, feeder belts; and
- Transportation equipment such as forklifts, cranes, hoists, and derricks.
Injured by defective or malfunctioning equipment?
The use of defective equipment can lead to a range of head and body injuries,
including injuries to the eyes and face. There can be falls from defective
stairways and ladders, as well as injuries caused when malfunctioning
loading and unloading equipment is used for lifting and lowering heavy
loads. Any defective component that is used in the assembly and disassembly
of a crane can cause serious
crane accidents, including tip-overs or collapses. Electric equipment that does not come
with proper insulation can cause
electrocution, burns, and electric shock.
Defective equipment can unfortunately often lead to
construction accidents. Defective crane components can affect the reliability of the assembly
and, consequently, the operations of the crane, leading to serious accidents.
Even concrete girders, beams, and defective scaffolding can cause serious
construction accidents that can be traced to negligence on the equipment
manufacturer. Defective tools that are used by workers can lead to
crushing injuries, and fractures. Malfunctioning nail guns can cause ricocheting of nails,
resulting in severe eye and
Understanding Liability for Defective Equipment
OSHA provides guidelines for equipment specifications. These are not restricted
to powered tools and machinery, but also to regular equipment found around
the workplace such as ladders and stairways. For instance, temporary stairways
on a construction site are required to have landings that are at least
22 inches wide and 30 inches deep, at every 12 feet of rise, and stairways
must be clear of projections. Fixed ladders also have minimum weight support
capabilities they must meet before they are used. Employers are required
to provide equipment that meets these specifications.
When a worker is injured by defective equipment in the workplace, the manufacturer
of the equipment may be named in a lawsuit to claim damages for the injury.
If the equipment was rented, then the company that rented out the equipment
may also be liable. Companies that are in charge of oversight of work
are required to make sure that any equipment being used by the workers
meets all recommended standards and specifications.
Contact Our Industrial Injury Law Firm for Help
At Arnold & Itkin LLP, we have seen how profound of an impact this
type of injury can have on the life of the victim. If you have recently
suffered from defective equipment in an accident that could have been
prevented, then you deserve to seek the legal representation of an
industrial accident attorney from our legal team as soon as possible.
Contact a defective equipment lawyer from our firm as soon as you can to discuss your case in more depth.