Construction is a relatively dangerous profession. There are a million things that can go wrong, from safety equipment failing while you work at significant elevations to a co-worker coming to the job site while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Of all of the possible risks on a job, the sudden and catastrophic failure of your workplace equipment probably isn’t something you frequently think about. You use your tools and machinery every day and maintain it carefully to ensure optimal performance.
Unfortunately, if there are design or manufacturing defects in the tools and equipment that you use, you could end up severely hurt on the job.
Recent recalls highlight the dangers of defective equipment
Just in the last few months, there have been several recalls that might affect people who work on construction sites.
Imagine that you have to use a pressure washer to clean a surface. However, halfway through, the nozzle suddenly detaches and flies off, striking another co-worker in the face. They could lose their balance and tumble off of the scaffolding where you work. If it hits them the wrong way, they might lose an eye. There is a recall underway for that exact product malfunction.
On the other hand, you might be on the ground, cutting wood or even trimming brush to prepare for trenching. If a chainsaw that you use for work suddenly turns on without warning or provocation, anyone nearby could suffer a severe injury as a result. These are just two recalled products that could potentially hurt construction professionals, and many more recalls will likely occur throughout the rest of the year.
Defective products give you more compensation options
If you get hurt at work, workers’ compensation will typically cover your medical treatment and up to two-thirds of your wages. You may struggle to provide for your family on indemnity or disability benefits, especially if you don’t know when you will return to work.
A third-party liability claim against the manufacturer whose defective product led to your injury could help you and the people who depend on you. Exploring all of your options when you get hurt on a construction site can help maximize the compensation you receive for your injuries.