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Defective Industrial Equipment

Tacoma Attorneys Litigate Defective Industrial Equipment Cases

Dedicated advocacy for workplace injuries caused by faulty machinery

Workers have a right to a safe environment. Though heavy industry can never completely eliminate risks to employees, companies have a duty to ensure that machinery functions properly and does not needlessly place workers in harm’s way. Since 1959, Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler PLLC has provided aggressive advocacy for workers injured by defective industrial equipment. We thoroughly investigate workplace accidents to uncover previously hidden defects in factory tools and equipment so our clients can recover financial compensation and companies are compelled to improve safety standards.

Understanding how product defects cause industrial accidents in Washington

The law pertaining to defective industrial equipment is similar to what governs consumer product safety. Defects fall into these categories:

  • Design defect — The product was badly planned. Engineers did not use the proper specifications to ensure that the product functioned safely, or they omitted necessary safeguards, such as kill switches, from the design. Design defect can also refer to the layout of a workspace. A factory floor may have workstations positioned so closely together that workers interfere with one another, endangering each other’s safety.
  • Manufacturing defect — Though the design was sound, the company that built the product did a poor job and introduced a defect. This can happen when a manufacturer ignores the designer’s specifications or uses substandard materials. Industrial machinery that breaks down during usage is especially dangerous.
  • Marketing defect — The packager of the product did not include adequate warning labels to prevent workers from hurting themselves while using the product in a reasonably foreseeable way. Safety warnings on industrial machines and power tools are vital to ensuring worker safety.

Helping workers and their families cope with devastating workplace accidents

Industrial workers interact with inherently dangerous power tools and heavy equipment, including electrical panels, induction furnaces, propane transfer equipment, forklifts and other vehicles. Defective products can produce injury events, such as arc flashes that cause severe burn injuries. Heavy equipment can crush or sever limbs. Propane explosions produce concussive force that can result in brain injuryspinal cord injury and fire danger.

A defect in industrial equipment is rarely obvious. But our legal team has the resources to perform the intensive investigation necessary to discover the problem that caused the injury event and place liability for the damages where it belongs.

Contact our workplace injury attorneys for industrial equipment accidents in Washington

If you or a loved one has suffered an industrial accident, find out if you have rights beyond workers’ compensation. Speak to an experienced workplace injury lawyer at Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler PLLC to learn if an industrial equipment defect may be to blame. To schedule a free consultation, call 253-383-5388 or contact our Tacoma office online.

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  • "Client was disabled from working in prior profession after sustaining a severe closed head injury and brain trauma in an automobile accident on Interstate 5. $7,845,000. "

  • "Pedestrian client was struck by semi-truck, and the trailer wheels rolled over client’s body causing severe injury. $1,145,000. "

  • "Client was involved in a head-on collision when a bus crossed the center line. Client suffered a severe closed head injury preventing him from returning to his previous employment. $884,998. "

  • "Client was involved in serious head-on collision with uninsured motorist while on-the-job, resulting in physical injury and posttraumatic stress disorder. Client can no longer work as a commercial truck driver. $708,000. "

  • "Client was a rear seat passenger in a vehicle that was involved in an automobile accident. Client was severely injured as the result of a defective seatbelt, while the other three occupants of the vehicle sustained only minor injuries. $650,000. "

  • "Client was killed in automobile accident caused by defendant’s failure to yield the right-of-way. $650,000. "

  • "Minor client was on his way to school and was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street in a marked crosswalk. Defendant driver had pulled into oncoming lane to pass another vehicle and struck client, causing serious injuries. $500,000. "

  • "Client was killed as a result of an in-cab fuel tank, which caught fire after an automobile accident. $350,000. "

  • "Client riding a bicycle was struck by a motorist who failed to yield the right-of-way. Client sustained numerous injuries, including a closed head injury. $120,000. "

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  • "I have been a client of Dan Kyler’s since 1996. Having had numerous car accidents, I rely upon Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler to help me through them. The most obscure questions have been answered and help is given on all levels. Thanks."

  • "John Wilson demonstrated his professionalism by keeping us current on our case, explaining our options, giving us realistic expectations and demonstrating the highest level of ethics and integrity beyond reproach. We have the highest confidence that we were well represented."

  • "Dan Hannula’s hard work helped to settle my auto accident case. "

  • "Having a motorcycle accident was bad enough, let alone dealing with insurance companies. John Wilson and his staff made everything easy to understand and hassle free. "

  • "I am extremely satisfied with the service I experienced with this firm and I would recommend them to anyone that needs legal representation. Michael Fisher and his staff are great people. "

  • "Vern Harkins perseverance and hard work made it possible to get the maximum settlement from the insurance company. I know he had my interest in mind as demonstrated by his actions. "

  • "The office staff were courteous, pleasant and kept me informed as to what was going on throughout the whole ordeal. "

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  • "We got a fair settlement and were treated with respect and dignity throughout the whole process. -Blake W. "

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