One of the leading causes of injury in the construction industry is defective safety equipment. In these types of accidents, employees usually rely on workers' compensation to cover at least part of their injury-related expenses.
Workers' compensation does not require employees to prove that the employer was at fault for the injury, which makes it an easy way for workers to get some compensation, but sadly, this is often not even nearly enough.
Many workers do not realize that when a piece of equipment malfunctions, or works in a way the puts the operator or bystanders at risk, a third-party entity may also be liable for the injuries inflicted. Most of the time this entity is the faulty equipment manufacturer or the person or contractor responsible for the inspection and maintenance of the safety equipment.
What safety equipment is used depends on the task at hand, but most of the time this includes protection hats, safety footwear, fall restraints, gloves, earplugs, safety glasses, respiratory protection, and protective clothing.
At the same time, workers should be trained on how, when, and where to use the equipment, simply providing it is not enough.
Defective safety equipment is particularly dangerous because it can provide a false sense of security, leading the workers to expose themselves to certain risks in situations where they would otherwise exercise more caution.
If you were injured because of safety equipment malfunction, do not hesitate to contact our lawyers at O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm. We will review your case and explore your legal options together. If we decide that a third party lawsuit is a viable option for you, we will walk you through it every step of the way and make sure we reach the best possible outcome for you.