New York Equipment Malfunction Attorney
Construction workers are often dependent upon heavy machinery and a variety of tools and devices when it comes to completing their projects. In New York, due to building density and the nature of much of the construction taking place, this is especially true. When these tools and machines fail or are defective in any way, the workers who use them or are in close proximity may be at risk. Fortunately, New York labor laws, particularly sections 200 and 241-6, provide injured construction workers with the ability to pursue compensation from a property owner or contractor if they failed to adequately provide a safe work environment, which includes providing properly working equipment.
If you have been hurt due to improperly designed, poorly made, or inadequately maintained equipment on a construction site, our attorneys are prepared to help. We have considerable experience representing injured construction workers, and we know what it takes to make a strong case against the party or parties responsible for your injuries. Contact a New York equipment malfunction attorney of Hach & Rose, LLP, at 866-LAWS-USA to speak to an experienced member of our legal team.
Common Equipment Malfunction Concerns
Injuries sustained due to an equipment malfunction can leave workers with physical injuries, emotional trauma, and substantial financial concerns, particularly when they require medical treatment and are forced to miss work for an extended period of time. The following are some of the most severe and common equipment malfunction concerns:
Both designers and manufacturers are required to provide properly functioning equipment so as to prevent serious injuries from occurring. Additionally, under New York labor law section 200, property owners / managers and general contractors are required to address hazardous conditions, such as poorly performing or old equipment, when they should reasonably be aware of the danger. When they fail in this regard, they may be held liable for any ensuing injuries.
At Hach & Rose, LLP, we know you may be overwhelmed with your construction accident-related injuries. Contact our team at 866-LAWS-USA, and let us shoulder your legal burdens, allowing you to focus on the recovery process. Our New York equipment malfunction lawyers are ready to defend your rights.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are common types of malfunctioning construction equipment?
Construction is an industry that inherently relies on the use of a number of tools, equipment, and vehicles, any of which have the potential to malfunction and cause harm when they do. Common forms of malfunction include crane and scaffold collapse, as well as electric shock from malfunctioning power tools. Many of these tools and equipment malfunction due to a lack of maintenance, a negligent practice that leads to injury. For example, a power tool that has not been maintained may malfunction, resulting in electric shock for the worker using the tool. This shock may result in serious injury, considerable medical care, and lost time at work for the worker, making proper maintenance of tools and equipment imperative for construction companies.
What are some injuries associated with malfunctioning construction equipment?
There are a number of types of construction equipment that can malfunction, such as power tools, crane collapse, scaffolding collapse, and vehicular malfunction, all of which can cause a variety of injuries. For example, electric burns and electric shock are common injuries associated with malfunctioning power tools while head trauma, spinal cord injury, and broken bones are associated with scaffolding collapse. Other more serious injuries may include amputations, paralysis, and permanent physical or mental impairment. Because of the severity of the injuries associated with malfunctioning equipment, it is vital for construction companies to keep all equipment properly maintained and in safe working condition.
What are some common reasons for construction equipment to malfunction?
There is a variety of reasons why construction equipment may malfunction, one of the leading causes of which is improper maintenance on the part of the construction company. Other causes include faulty or defective parts, improper weather-related use, improper usage of tools from lack of training, not replacing old parts, overusing tools beyond their capabilities, and a number of other negligent practices that can result in malfunction, and often as a result, injury. If you have been injured in a construction accident or have any additional questions about equipment malfunction, please contact one of the New York equipment malfunction attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP by calling 866-LAWS-USA today.