The Dangers of Defective Equipment on a Construction Site

The Dangers of Defective Equipment on a Construction Site

The modern construction industry relies on different kinds of tools, machinery, and equipment to perform many jobs in a far quicker amount of time. As such, those who work in construction are in constant contact with these devices—but they don’t always function as they should.

While defective tools and equipment can be problematic in any situation or job industry, they become exponentially more hazardous when it comes to the construction industry.

Common Defective Construction Equipment

Due to the muscle, size, and usage of the equipment used for construction work, the chance of severe or fatal injuries increases when these tools don’t function properly. Types of defective equipment known to result in injury or death include:

  • Ladders
  • Forklifts
  • Cranes
  • Saws
  • Sanders
  • Polishers
  • Extractors
  • Winches
  • Graters
  • Scrapers
  • Nail guns
  • Bulldozers
  • Backhoes
  • Bobcats

Proving Liability for Defective Equipment

While you may not be able to file a claim against your employer for injuries related to defective parts, you may have the grounds to file a product liability lawsuit. This involves bringing a claim against the manufacturer of the tool. These cases are typically made on the basis of one of three claims:

  1. Defective Design. The design of the tool or equipment was inherently flawed.
  2. Manufacturing Defect. There was a problem with the assembly and manufacture of the product that led to a safety hazard.
  3. Marketing Defect. There was a flaw in the way that the product was marketed; in other words, the manufacturer did not give adequate warning of all potential hazards.

Additionally, another third-party may be liable if, for instance, the equipment was not maintained as it should have been.

If your construction accident was caused by a defective or malfunctioning piece of equipment, you should not hesitate to pursue compensation for whatever injuries you sustained. At Kornfeld Law, our legal team is committed to helping you pursue maximum compensation for your injuries. We will review your case and gather all the evidence needed to build a solid case on your behalf.

For dedicated, personalized legal representation in your corner, contact Kornfeld Law at your earliest convenience. We offer free, no-obligation consultations and can provide video case reviews on a case-by-case basis as needed.


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