Category: Product Liability

Every Company That Handles Natural Gas Is Responsible for Human Lives

For many people, using natural gas for cooking and heating is a routine part of life. For those who work with it professionally, a day at work is usually just a day at work, much like in any other industry. It’s easy for most of us to forget just how much danger this invisible, toxic, explosive substance can pose when handled incorrectly. Companies that profit off of natural gas and its accompanying infrastructure, however, do not have the right to forget. Just like airlines and hospita...

Modified and Makeshift Propane Grills Pose a Serious Threat to Users

Even under ideal circumstances, propane and natural gas grills are already more dangerous than their charcoal, wood, or electric counterparts. When you add amateur engineering into the equation, the risk of explosions, structure fires, burn injuries, and death rises dramatically. Storebought grills are, at least in theory, systematically tested for safety. Homemade and modified versions, on the other hand, may have design flaws that only become apparent once someone has been seriously h...

HVAC Systems Can Become Deadly Without Skilled Maintenance

Modern HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) systems are so much more than a luxury comfort for the summer and winter months. Climate control can be a life-sustaining essential during extreme weather, especially for people with easily aggravated health conditions. Temperature aside, present-day architecture is designed with HVAC systems in mind, and often relies on these systems to supply oxygen to, and remove contaminants from, insulated indoor spaces. HVAC systems are quit...

Camping Safety Depends on Reliable Propane Equipment

No matter how carefully we plan our hiking routes, douse our campfires, and secure our food against bears, there comes a point when most campers must trust our lives to the quality of our equipment. As well as being common in houses and businesses throughout Georgia, propane-fueled appliances are particularly popular for use at campsites, and in mobile residences. Portable, modular propane setups are a convenient way to cook and keep warm without a connection to natural gas pipelines. U...

Safety Remains an Issue for Even the Most Trusted Small Aircraft Companies

Small airplanes, built for personal or private business use, currently account for a staggering majority of aviation accidents. The rate of crashes and fatalities for commercial airlines doesn’t even come close to comparing with the rate for small, private planes. The FAA and NTSB are quick to blame small plane crashes on pilot error. However, an independent investigation in 2014 found that many of these accidents are actually traceable to design and manufacturing defects in the most popul...

Agricultural Propane Users Need Safer Equipment and Services

Propane is a common fuel for both household and commercial purposes across the U.S, particularly in rural areas. Lots of Georgia farmers rely on propane to keep livestock warm through winter, dry out harvested crops, and even perform some organic weeding processes. The use of propane isn’t something a farming operation, even a large one, can handle completely in-house. It’s a utility, controlled in any given region by a few highly specialized companies. Propane suppliers are responsible fo...

Low Prices Are No Excuse for Unsafe Products at Walmart

Differences in quality from brand to brand are, of course, extremely common across almost every type of consumer product. People are so used to these differences, and the often-correlating differences in price, that we tend to associate low prices with an element of risk. Expressions like “buyer beware” and “you get what you pay for” reinforce the inaccurate idea that consumers are responsible for whatever consequences come from cheap purchases. There are some situations where it does m...

Factories of All Sizes Must Protect Workers from Falling Objects

Whenever a company hires people to work in a physical location, it is making a commitment to provide those people with as safe a workplace as reasonably possible. This means anticipating any foreseeable dangers, minimizing or eliminating them wherever possible, enforcing policies that prioritize safety over production speed, and equipping staff with the necessary gear and knowledge to navigate any remaining hazards effectively. The term “foreseeable” can be somewhat subjective, but there a...

Safety Should Be Every Airplane Designer and Mechanic’s Top Priority

Most people know, at least in theory, that passenger airplanes are the safest way to travel. Outside of this often-quoted statistic, however, aviation still has a reputation as an incurably dangerous pursuit. It’s true that operating any aircraft requires a great deal of skill and training. The dangers should not be taken lightly, and no one should ever take the controls while impaired or underqualified in anyway. Unfortunately, overestimating the inherent danger of flying can also harm pl...

Forklift Manufacturers May Share Fault in Forklift-Related Accidents

As small, slow-moving, and harmless as they look, forklifts contribute to an estimated 34,900 serious injuries and 85 deaths in the U.S every year. The danger of working with or around forklifts is well understood, so there’s never a good reason for a lack of thorough safety measures. Prevention efforts and after-the-fact investigations of forklift accidents often place too much emphasis on the actions of forklift operators. The work of these operators is almost always strictly controlled ...