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, L.L.P. 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 injury, spinal 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, L.L.P. to learn if an industrial equipment defect may be to blame. To schedule a free consultation, call 253.250.4516 or contact our Tacoma office online.