Defective Hard Hats May Cause a Traumatic Brain Injury

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) contributes to 50,000 deaths each year and 282,000 hospitalizations. According to the Mayo Clinic, a TBI happens when the skull is penetrated from a blow to the head. According to the CDCP, one of the leading causes of TBIs is being stuck in the head by an object. The CDCP estimates that approximately fifteen percent of those struck in the head by an object will die as a result of the TBI.

With that being said, it is important for construction site workers to have adequate hard hats that will protect them from serious head trauma, such as a TBI. Examples of a construction site worker being struck by an object include the following:

  • A column breaking and striking the worker;
  • Sheet rock falling;
  • Crane falling;
  • Cable snapping; 
  • Bricks toppling over; and
  • Debris falling.

Construction site workers face a high risk of sustaining a TBI, due to objects potentially falling from above. According to a recent report, over 85,000 hard hats manufactured by Honeywell were recalled as a result of a safety defect. According to the report, these hard hats fail to protect a person from impact resulting in serious injuries.  

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), all construction site workers must be provided with a safe working environment that is free of health and safety hazards.  This means that an employee is entitled to receive appropriate safety and protective gear in order to mitigate the risk of sustaining a severe injury, such as a TBI. 

Honeywell is urging all employers to cease the use of any defective hard hats that may be in their possession and to provide their employees with adequate safety hats. According to Honeywell the following hard hats that were manufactured from April 2016 to January 2018 have been recalled: 

  • Honeywell Type 1 Fibre Metal E2; and
  • Honeywell North Peak A79.

In addition, Honeywell recommends that consumers contact them with any questions, concerns, comments, or assistance with a product refund.  

It is important to remember that defective construction gear that results in death or injury to a worker may give rise to a claim that results in compensation from the manufacturer or seller.  Product liability law holds a manufacturer or seller responsible for a defect in the products design.  

If you or someone you love has suffered a TBI injury as a result of a construction accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact an experienced personal injury, TBI, and product liability attorney that will fight for your rights. The TBI and product liability attorneys at Georgaklis & Mallas, PLLC will vigorously represent you and fight for the compensation you and your family deserve. Contact (718) 238-2400 to schedule a consultation with our personal injury lawyers today. Call us today for a free consultation at (718) 238-2400 or (212) 779-2400 or email attorneys@gmlawny.com.

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