August 15, 2019
An industry leader in personal protective equipment and fall protection, 3M, has issued a recall for two of its products. The company recently issued an immediate stop use and product recall of the DBI-SALA Twin-Leg Nano-Lok edge and the Twin-Leg Nano-Lok Wrap Back Self-Retracting Lifeline.
Nano-Lok Device Stop Use and Product Recall
The two products are meant to be used as part of a personal fall protection system, with the edge anchored at foot level and the Wrap Back wrapped around an anchor. Both Twin Nano-Lok products are intended to absorb energy, however after testing the products under certain conditions, 3M determined that the devices’ energy absorbers may not deploy properly. So far, there have been no reports of accidents or injuries due to the affected products, however employers and workers should be aware that this malfunction may cause serious injury or death.
The company’s manufacturer has launched a global stop use of the two products and asks that the products be removed from service immediately. 3M plans to first identify, test, and certify a solution to the problem and then repair or replace the equipment.
Workers’ Compensation for Fall Injuries
Falls from heights are common in the construction industry. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), falls are one of the “fatal four” most common causes of worker deaths. Employers are required to provide fall protection for those who work at heights and take safety precautions to ensure worker safety.
Workers who are injured in fall from heights accidents may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits such as payment for medical expenses and lost wages. From the date of their accident, workers have 120 days to notify their employers of their injuries and three years to file a claim. The workers’ compensation system is no-fault, meaning that employees are entitled to compensation through their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance without having to prove fault, however they may not personally sue their employers for their workplace injuries.
Third-Party Claims in Pennsylvania
In Pennsylvania, a worker may be able to collect additional non-economic damages such as pain and suffering in a third-party personal injury or products liability lawsuit, which may be filed simultaneously with a workers’ compensation claim. To prevail on a third-party claim, a worker must prove that someone other than their employer caused their injuries, such as the manufacturer of a defective product. Workers seeking third-party compensation should seek the counsel of a qualified attorney in their local area as laws on this vary by state.
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Attorneys at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. Handle Workers’ Comp and Third-Party Claims for Fall Injuries
If you were injured in a fall from heights accident at work, contact a Philadelphia workers’ compensation attorney at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. Our knowledgeable attorneys can help you obtain the maximum compensation to which you are entitled, including workers’ compensation benefits and potential third-party damages. We represent workers in Philadelphia and throughout Pennsylvania. To schedule a free consultation, please complete our online contact form or call us at 888-PITT-LAW.
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