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Injuries Caused By Defective Machinery Equipment And Machineries

Posted by on Jul 5, 2016 in Workplace Accidents | 0 comments

Injuries Caused By Defective Machinery Equipment And Machineries

When working in factories that rely on machines and equipment, it is assumed that they have been tested and is deemed safe.  After all, it is the responsibility of the company to ensure that these machines are working perfectly. This is not the case, unfortunately. Defective equipment can put the safety of workers operating them in great jeopardy.  According to the website of Williams Kherkher, there have been several incidence of recall due to defects in machinery or equipment.

Employers can be sued for product liability if their machines or equipment are deemed defective and has caused injury or death to a worker. It is the responsibility of the employer to put in place safety measures and to maintain their equipment. Unfortunately, some companies want to cut down on their expenses and instead do the following:

  • Buy inferior equipment or parts
  • Postpone needed repairs or machinery
  • Refuse to remove broken equipment from use on the workplace
  • Remove equipment safety features which could slow down production
  • Refuse to train machine operators
  • Do not provide safety tools such as goggles, gloves, and dust mask
  • Ignore complaints about defective machines

There are three different kinds of product liability lawsuits that injured employees can file against their employers :

  • Defect in the design of the product/equipment. The injury was due to flaws in the design of the machinery in question.
  • Defect in manufacturing. The equipment was designed outside the standard procedure and made in a different way than others found on the market.
  • Defects in marketing. When the manufacturer fails to provide adequate warning or dangers regarding the product.

Under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment 1998 and Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 requires owners, operators, and controllers of equipment to display the installation and maintenance procedures of machines and equipment. It also requires handlers to be properly trained with using the equipment.



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