Personal Injury Caused by Faulty Safety Harnesses By Greg Burton on June 16, 2023

construction workers in safety harnessesFalls in the workplace can cause catastrophic injuries or death. To minimize the risk of falls, employers are often required to provide safety harnesses. Safety harnesses are especially common on construction sites, where workers are regularly at elevated heights. Unfortunately, safety harnesses cannot work if they are defective or poorly maintained. Faulty safety harnesses can cause or worsen fall injuries.

Personal injury lawyers at G.R. Akin, P.C. work with injury victims in the Longview, TX, area to hold liable parties accountable for injury damages. Our legal team can help victims of personal injuries caused by faulty safety harnesses establish liability and pursue financial compensation for the full extent of injury losses.

Common Safety Harness Failures

There are many ways that safety harnesses and fall prevention systems can fail. Some of the most common safety harness failures include:

  • Harnesses that do not fit properly or are not secured properly
  • Insufficient training on safety harness use
  • Damaged or defective harness equipment or material or damaged anchor line equipment
  • Failure to perform routine equipment inspections
  • Lack of a rescue plan should complications develop or accidents occur

Injuries Caused by Faulty Safety Harnesses

Safety harnesses are typically worn when a person is working at significant heights. Unfortunately, when a safety harness is faulty, it often results in steep falls. Falls from extensive heights frequently cause catastrophic injuries or death. Individuals who survive a fall involving a faulty safety harness may suffer any of the following types of injuries:

  • Broken bones
  • Internal bleeding or organ damage
  • Head, neck, and back injuries
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Traumatic spinal cord injury

Who Is Liable for Faulty Safety Harness Injuries?

Establishing liability for faulty safety harness injuries is essential because responsible parties can be held accountable for related injury losses. Liable parties are unlikely to accept responsibility for faulty safety harnesses, so proving liability can be complex. Accident victims should work with knowledgeable personal injury lawyers to establish liability and demonstrate the extent of injury damages. 

Our lawyers work alongside accident investigators to gather evidence and determine liability for faulty or defective safety harnesses. Generally speaking, manufacturers are liable for safety harnesses that are defective in their design, production, or marketing. An employer, contractor, or another third party may be liable if a safety harness failure was caused by failure to inspect the equipment, lack of training on safety harness use, or negligent upkeep of safety equipment.

Damages for Faulty Safety Harness Injuries

Our Longview lawyers work on behalf of personal injury victims to pursue maximum compensation for injury damages. Depending on the losses suffered, damages awarded in a faulty safety harness personal injury lawsuit may include:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Cost of rehabilitation and therapy
  • Cost of prescription medication
  • Cost of assistive medical devices
  • Lost wages
  • Diminished wage-earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering

Contact Us Today

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries related to a faulty safety harness, personal injury attorneys at G.R. Akin, P.C., can help you hold liable parties accountable for injury losses. To schedule a case review at our Longview law firm, send us a message today.

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  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • State Bar of Texas
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