Werner Company is recalling about 78,000 Multi-Purpose Telescoping Aluminum Ladders because of a fall hazard. According to a report in The Daily Hornet, the recall was issued because the ladders can break while they are being used posing a fall hazard to the user. So far, there has been one report of a ladder breaking while in use. The person suffered an injury to their side and their elbow. This recall involved five models of aluminum telescoping ladders that can be used in five different positions with a load capacity of 375 pounds.
The ladders involved in this recall were sold at Home Depot and Lowe’s stores nationwide from April 2018 through May 2018 for between $180 and $275. Consumers who have these products at home are asked to stop using them right away and return them to the point of purchase for a full refund. If you’d like more information about these recalled ladders, call Werner at 888-523-3370 or email [email protected].
The Danger of Ladders
Falls are a well-documented hazard not just in workplaces, but also in homes. Nationwide, more than 500,000 people suffer ladder-related injuries each year and more than 300 people die from such injuries. Anyone who uses a ladder can fall. And it could occur anywhere. But, construction, maintenance and repair workers experience higher rates of ladder fall injuries and deaths. Some of the major causes of ladder falls include:
- Incorrect extension ladder setup angle
- Inappropriate ladder selection for the job
- Improper use of ladder
- Defective ladder, which could break
- Faulty ladder design
- Lack of access to ladder
Product Defect Issues
Ladder accidents have the potential to cause significant issues such as head trauma, spinal cord damage, broken bones, lacerations, and strains and sprains. These are often injuries that require extensive medical care and rehabilitation. You may also need to take time off from work in order to recover from these injuries. Ladder injuries often result in fatalities as well.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to a faulty or defective ladder, you may be able to seek compensation from the manufacturer of the ladder. You may be able to seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disabilities and pain and suffering. An experienced product defect lawyer will be able to guide you through the legal process and help ensure that you are fairly and fully compensated for your significant losses.