A construction site ranks as one of the most dangerous industries to work. Many construction accidents happen due to the presence of an unfinished structure, open excavation, exposed wiring, and many other hazards. A construction site may also become a dangerous place to work when there is defective equipment. It may not only pose a serious threat to a worker but also a passerby. Hence, it is important that every piece of equipment at a construction site is built and tested adequately by the product’s manufacturer. This will reduce the possibility of a serious accident from occurring.
Dangerous types of defective equipment
Defective equipment may pose a serious threat to a worker operating it. The following are some dangerous types of defective equipment:
- Defective ladders
- Defective scaffoldings
- Defective heavy machinery, like tractors, dump trucks, or forklifts
- Defective conveyor belts
- Defective welding equipment
- Defective power tools
Equipment defects can occur in many ways
A defect in construction equipment may arise in one of the following ways:
If the equipment is said to have a manufacturing defect, it was manufactured with defective or substandard materials. A manufacturing defect may cause a product to fail while it is being used, often resulting in serious injuries.
If the equipment is said to have a design defect the product was designed in such a way that it is unreasonably dangerous to use as intended.
If the equipment is said to have a marketing defect the product poses a certain risk, but could have been easily mitigated with a warning sign. However, the manufacturer or seller failed to warn the consumer about that defect.
Contact Construction Accident Lawyers at the Reinken Law Firm
If you or someone you love has been injured due to defective construction equipment, call our construction accident lawyers to learn about your options. We will make sure that you receive compensation for the injuries sustained. Call us at 203.541.0090 / 203.491.4404. We handle all cases on a contingency fee basis, so you do not pay us unless we recover damages for you.