Construction workers have a host of issues that they have to contend with on a regular basis when they’re working. Many construction companies ensure that their workers have a safe environment, but there are some things that they can’t control.
One of these has to do with the equipment the workers use to do their jobs. When there are defective components to them, there is a chance that a worker will suffer an injury while they’re using it. Unfortunately, the defects aren’t always noticeable during inspections that employers require prior to using them.
The two most common types of issues that might occur with tools and equipment are electrical issues and manufacturing defects. The electrical issues can lead to overheating, which may cause fires and burns. The defects can mean that critical safety features aren’t working properly.
These items are usually well-tested, but that doesn’t mean that an issue won’t slip by. Something as seemingly minor as a small variation in the track of movement of a joint in a tool can lead to serious problems. Any weakening of a component could do the same. For example, a tragic incident can occur if the safety shield of a saw fails while a worker is using the tool.
Workers who are injured by defective or malfunctioning equipment might have used the items many times prior. They can opt to pursue a third-party claim for compensation, which attempts to hold the manufacturer liable for the issue that caused the injury. This isn’t possible with most other types of workplace injuries because those must go through the workers’ compensation process.