Defective Harness & Lanyard Lawyers
Fighting for Workers Injured by Defective Fall Protection
According to federal statistics, at least two people will die today from falling from a height. One of the greatest challenges facing multiple industries today is how to protect workers from serious or deadly falls. The latest figures from federal sources show that the number of workers dying in work accidents is increasing annually, and falling is a larger percentage of those deaths every year. In 2011, falling was 14% of work fatalities with 681 accidents. In 2017, falling was 17% of work fatalities in 887 accidents. That's a 30% increase in falling deaths.
Workers at risk for a deadly fall include the following:
- Cell phone tower workers
- Utility pole workers
- Construction workers
- Building maintenance and cleaning workers
- Extraction or mining workers
- Oil rig workers
Fall protection is more important than ever, and manufacturers are rushing to fulfill the needs of construction companies, utility companies, phone companies, and more. That's a good thing, but only if fall protection equipment works. Workers put their lives in the hands of harness and lanyard manufacturers so there is absolutely no room for failure. If workers put their trust in a broken harness, it could mean the end of their life.
Industry-leading manufacturing companies include the following:
- 3M (aka Capital Safety, DB Industries, or Protecta)
If you or a loved one was harmed in a fall due to failed fall protection equipment, speak with Arnold & Itkin today. Our attorneys have won billions of dollars for our clients by holding large companies accountable for the harm they cause. When workers need an advocate, they turn to us to fight for the resources they need to rebuild their lives. Call (888) 493-1629 or contact our defective harness lawyers online for a free consultation.
Recent Defective Harness & Lanyard Recalls
In 2018 alone, two major companies issued three recalls of their fall prevention equipment. In January 2018, Gravitec recalled a harness in which the chest and leg straps were incompatible. The company said that the shoulder straps could extend in a fall, which would "affect the protection offered by the harness." In October 2019, 3M issued a recall of their 16-foot Talon Self-Retracting Lifelines. While they made sure to note that no one was harmed while using their products, the Lifelines had a defect preventing it from stopping a fall. Just a month later, 3M issued another recall of a safety harness out of which aluminum plates reportedly fell. These were recalled to ensure no one would be hurt by the falling plate.
Ultimately, these manufacturers are responsible for their products. That makes them responsible for any injuries or accidents caused by their products. Even if the company didn't know that their products were defective, they could still be held accountable in court. If there was evidence that the company knowingly sold defective harnesses, it would be critical to bring them to court for the safety and health of workers nationwide. Whatever the case, these companies need to pay for the medical care and financial losses of everyone they hurt.
Billions of Dollars in Verdicts & Settlements for the Injured. Call (888) 493-1629 to Learn More!
For years, Arnold & Itkin has been one of the nation's leading advocates for workers and their families. Our law firm has secured some of the largest verdicts and settlements in the country's history for our clients, helping injured workers and grieving families move forward after tragic accidents. If you've been hurt or lost a loved one due to failed fall protection equipment, we want to help you get justice and financial stability.
Your first step is a free consultation. Call our defective harness and lanyard attorneys to learn your options, figure out what you can do next, and find out how we can help. Our clients pay nothing unless they win. Your job will be to help your life back to normal while we build your case.
Call (888) 493-1629 or use our short online form today for your free consultation.