What goes up must come down; thatís basic science. How you come down matters, especially if you are the victim of a defective ladder.
Ladder injury happens. Hinges break. Hinges are made of brittle metals. Hinges have been put on upside down. Extension fly sections donít lock. Extension locks slip. Extension locks slip. Knobs detach causing serious head injuries. Runs can break. The side rail can bend unexpectedly. Steps are too short. Steps are improperly attached to the ladder. Steps can detach.
The marketing of ladder products with defects is a public menace preying on innocent people interested in DIY projects. If stores and distributors fail to act on faulty ladder complaints, and these defective ladders remain in store inventory, in catalogs and e-commerce websites, they too are held responsible like the manufacturer.
According to the CPSA (Consumer Protection Safety Act), ladder manufacturers, importers, distributors, and retailers are required to report to CPSC (Consumer Protection Safety Commission) within 24 hours of obtaining information which reasonably supports the conclusion that a product such a ladder does not comply with a safety rule or contains a defect which could create a substantial risk of injury to the public or presents an unreasonable risk of serious injury or death.
Most ladders are safe. Itís the ladders that are not or are not recalled quickly enough that you have to worry about. If you or a family member has suffered a serious ladder injury from a defective ladder, please contact Anapol Schwartz law firm known throughout Pa., NJ, and West Virginia for personal injury and product negligence lawsuits.