Working in the construction industry comes with various inherent risks due to the physically demanding and challenging nature of this type of work. Regardless of your specific role in construction, you have the right to a reasonably safe work environment, which includes access to working tools and safety equipment. Hazardous tools can increase the chance of an accident and place you at risk every time you are on the clock.
If you suffer an injury while on the job because of a dangerous tool, you could have grounds to seek financial support through a workers’ compensation claim. You have the right to medical care and different types of support as you seek to get better and move forward after this type of accident. It is in your interests to understand how the workers’ compensation claims process works and what steps you should take after an accident.
The impact of hazardous equipment
Defective tools are often defective because of improper maintenance or ineffective repair after damage. By placing defective tools in the hands of workers, North Carolina employers are placing them at risk of an accident. Common types of defective and dangerous tools include:
- Defective ladders — Ladders with defects or flaws, broken rungs or defective safety measures can increase the chance of a fall or injury for a worker.
- Hazardous power tools — When a power tool is not working correctly, there may be an increased risk for an electrical problem, dangerous kick-back, misfire and other risks.
- Improperly functioning nail gun — A defective nail gun can result in serious harm to a user or others who are around while the nail gun is in use.
- Welding rod — When not working correctly, a welding rod can cause serious burns to a user or even emit dangerous fumes.
Tools are critical to construction work, but you should not have to place your personal safety at risk simply to do your job. If you suffer any type of injury while working, you have the right to seek appropriate financial support.
Know your rights
Injured workers have the right to recovery and support. Before you file a workers’ compensation claim, you may benefit from an explanation of your rights and how you can fight for the full amount of support you need and deserve. If defective tools caused you harm, you do not have to suffer through the aftermath of your accident alone.