Defective Tools Harm Workers
Construction workers generally assume that the tools they are using are safe. Workers believe if they use the tools properly, they will be protected from injury. However, this is not true. Many tools used daily by construction workers are defective. This includes small power tools to large cranes. Even ordinary ladders have been found to be defective.
Every day in the United States, approximately 13 workers are killed in construction accidents. Nearly 4 million every year are injured. Some may be injured so severely that they never fully recover. Most of these deaths and injuries could have been prevented.
Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation attorneys consult with people who have been injured due to defective tools. The attorney will work to obtain the compensation that the injured person deserves.
Most common defective equipment resulting injuries
- Ladders may not be thought of as tools but, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), they are actually one of the most common defective products causing construction accidents. Many ladder manufacturers have recalled their products over the years. A defective ladder can cause a person to fall or get trapped between the rungs resulting in serious injuries or death.
- Power tools are another commonly defective product that can cause either death or serious injury at a construction site. Injuries may be minor or life-threatening. Defective power tools may cause injuries that are minor or may cause serious burns or traumatic amputations of fingers and limbs. Serious burns and even electrocution are also possible outcomes.
- Serious injuries can result from using a defective tool of any kind at the construction site. For example, workers have been killed when a nail gun misfires and hits them in the head. People have had bones broken or been blinded.
What happens next?
If you have been injured due to a defective tool at a construction site, you may find that life is never again the same. A few of the sudden life-changing problems you may encounter include:
- Emergency medical care to treat your immediate injury and help mitigate future problems.
- You may need long term medical care and rehabilitation as well as physical therapy.
- You find you cannot work and lose wages.
- Depending on the severity of your injury, you may not be able to return to your old job. You may need vocational rehabilitation in order to learn a new trade.
- You may continue to suffer from pain and emotional distress even after your treatment has been completed.
If you have been injured due to a defective tool at the construction site, contact a qualified Workers’ Compensation and Personal Injury attorney who will work to preserve your right to fair compensation. Employers have a duty to keep their employees safe and manufacturers have a duty to manufacture equipment that is not defective. Your attorney will evaluate the facts of your case and determine the best way to proceed. Contact us now.