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When a piece of work-related equipment malfunctions

We frequently write about the numerous hazards that workers in New York and New Jersey tend to face on a regular basis. From slippery floors to staggering heights, we stress that both employers and workers need to remain vigilant about safety hazards in order to prevent potentially injurious or fatal accidents.

However, not every accident can be prevented by this kind of vigilance. Even the most safety-conscious employers and employees can experience accidents through no fault of their own. For example, when a piece of work-related equipment malfunctions and causes a worker harm, safety-conscious employers can be left baffled that something so tragic occurred on their watch.

Of course, an injury or fatality caused by defective equipment could potentially be an employer’s fault if that employer failed to properly maintain it or to respond to a safety-related recall. In these situations, an injured worker or the family of a worker killed on the job may be able to hold the employer liable for the harm that was caused as a result of the accident.

In other cases, it makes more sense to file a claim against the manufacturer of the defective equipment. By doing so, injured workers can both seek compensation and can seek to have the manufacturer remedy the situation in such a way that no other workers will risk being similarly harmed. If you have questions about holding either an employer or manufacturer accountable for injuries caused by defective equipment, please seek out the counsel of an experienced personal injury attorney. 

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