Heavy machinery, tools, and equipment perform necessary functions across a wide range of industries, but they pose serious hazards if they are defective in any way. Missing guards or emergency shut-off switches, electrical hazards, and overheating are just a few examples of defects that could cause a serious accident that leaves a worker catastrophically injured. Some machinery defects may even cause the wrongful death of one or more workers.
At Marciano & MacAvoy, P.C., our Philadelphia machinery defect attorneys believe in the importance of protecting workers who have been injured due to defective or dangerous industrial equipment and machinery. Whether you work in transportation, construction, agriculture, manufacturing, or any other industry that uses heavy machinery, you can count on our expertise and our commitment to your cause. We work diligently to help our clients recover complete, fair compensation for the injuries or losses they have experienced.
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Types of Machinery Defects
There are three primary types of machinery defects:
- Design defects, which are present because the machinery or device was improperly designed, making it dangerous to use. An example may be a saw that lacks proper guards over or near the blade.
- Manufacturing defects, which occur while the piece of machinery is being manufactured. It may have been designed properly, but it has a defect that causes it to malfunction even when used as directed and by an experienced professional. An example may be a crane that drops a load because the arm is missing a key part, causing it to bend and break.
- Failures to warn or improper instructions for use. These defects affect the way that machinery, tools, or equipment are marketed and packaged. An example may be a forklift that is missing weight limit warnings, resulting in workers picking up too-heavy cargo and tipping the machine over.
When you work with a Philadelphia product liability lawyer at Marciano & MacAvoy, P.C., we will meticulously investigate the nature of your injuries and how the accident occurred in the first place. This will help us identify the type of defect and determine who should be held to blame.
To learn more, call (215) 608-2183. We help clients across Pennsylvania and are ready to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.