Faulty equipment is any type of mechanical or electronic equipment that is dangerous or unsafe to use. This usually refers to equipment used in the workforce for producing or manufacturing products. Faulty equipment is responsible for several types of on the job injuries each year. Equipment can be faulty due to:
- Improper maintenance
- Errors with regards to warnings
- Incorrect instruction manuals
- Broken or old parts
- Manufacturing defects
- Design defects
An example of faulty equipment is a conveyor belt that has failed to been properly lubricated. This can cause the apparatus to jam or catch fire, resulting in injuries or in damaged products.
Faulty equipment can cause various types of injuries. These may include:
- Parts of the equipment falling onto the user
- Burns and abrasions
- Injuries to limbs or other body parts
- Toxic injuries (such as an untimely spray of chemicals or toxic materials)
Most workplaces include mechanisms to help identify machines that might be on the way to becoming dangerous. They also usually include procedures for dealing with injuries. However, injuries can still occur due to mishaps, negligence, or other similar circumstances.
State and federal laws often allow employees to be compensated for work injuries. Also, sometimes a lawsuit may be needed to help the employee recover costs such as hospital expenses and missed wages. Some employees may be hesitant to file a lawsuit due to faulty equipment. However, employees can’t be terminated for reporting health and safety violations or other hazardous conditions.
Legal issues involving faulty equipment may require a lawsuit in order to completely resolve any disputes. You may wish to hire an employment lawyer if you need any help with filing, research, or other legal tasks. Your attorney can represent you in court and can also provide you with legal advice and information for your case. A properly filed case can often help a victim recover damages for injuries and lost wages.