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Defective construction equipment presents injury risks

On Behalf of | Nov 11, 2022 | Construction Site Injury |

There are inherent risks involved in a typical day’s work for California builders. Understandably, these workers are at greater risk for workplace injuries that an employee who stands at a cash register or sits behind a desk all day. For construction workers, defective equipment increases the risk of worksite accidents that result in severe injury.

There are several types of construction equipment that can cause serious, even life-threatening injuries to a worker. Multiple entities may be financially responsible for such injuries, depending on the exact circumstances of a specific incident. In such cases, it is good for a recovering worker to know what options are available, especially with regard to seeking financial recovery for damages.

Construction equipment that may be defective

Employers, managers and other executives have certain responsibilities regarding worker safety in a construction zone. In addition to proper training, inspections must take place to ensure that all equipment is functioning correctly and in compliance with safety regulations. The following list includes various types of equipment that can cause a worker severe injury, if defective:

  • Scaffolding
  • Cranes
  • Forklifts
  • Bulldozers
  • Power tools
  • Trucks and other commercial vehicles

If any of these machines or equipment are faulty, an accident may occur. A worker could fall, become involved in a collision, or could be struck, crushed or entrapped. Obviously, serious injuries or even a fatality may be the result.

Recovering from a construction injury caused by defective equipment

Every California construction worker can expect the equipment provided by the employer to be safe for use. If a company manufactures or sells a defective piece of equipment or vehicle, and a worker suffers an injury while using it, the worker may seek compensation for damages by filing a personal injury claim in civil court. It is a good idea to seek legal counsel before pursuing this type of third-party litigation.