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Recalled safety rope might lead to product liability lawsuits

| Jan 1, 2021 | Product Liability |

Construction workers in Colorado risk their lives when they work at elevated levels. They typically put all their trust in their personal protective equipment. If the safety rope or any part of the PPE malfunctions, the consequences could be catastrophic, and any resulting injuries may lead to a product liability claim.

A recent recall of safety rope exacerbates the fall hazards on construction sites. Employees and construction company owners may want to take note of the recall by Petzl®. The manufacturer reportedly discovered defects in its low-stretch safety rope that could be life-threatening if used by industrial workers, construction workers and rescuers.

Two reasons led to the recall announcements. Ropes were found to have deep cuts, and some ropes were discovered with their ends joined by nothing more than tape. Both these defects pose significant risks that could lead to fatal falls.

It is crucial for workers to carefully carry out visual inspections of each part of the fall arrest equipment at the start of each shift. This includes harnesses, buckles, webbing, anchors and hooks, which must be checked for wear or potential malfunctions. Otherwise, such defects could go unnoticed until it is too late.

Colorado workers who suffer work-related injuries are typically eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Benefits usually cover medical expenses and a percentage of lost wages. However, if such injuries resulted from the malfunction of defective equipment or objects, victims might have grounds to pursue third party claims for additional recovery of losses through the state’s civil justice system. A successfully presented product liability lawsuit might lead to a monetary judgment offering more comprehensive damage recovery.

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