Worker awarded $21 million for work related accident
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Posted on Jan 26, 2011
The worker while working on the Qwest Center in Omaha fell and was rendered a paraplegic. He fell 12 feet and broke his back. He'd been working on a second-floor fire escape. From the report the case appears to be a third-party product liability case against the harness manufacturer. The worker is reported to be Ron "Tim" Bacon. The defendant described as DBI/Sala the maker of safety line. The injury occurred in 2003. It was a jury trial. His attorney is Robert Pahlke. DBI/Sala is from Red Wing, Minnesota. Story reported by KCCI-8, Des Moines.
The DBI Sala protection product catalog has just about everything you'd require for fall protection. I'd be curious to know what the experts said was wrong with how the equipment worked. That's the key to understanding how well they will do on appeal. [They have anchors, ascenders, bags, belts, boatswain chairs, cables, carabiners, chokers, climb assist, counterweights, harnesses, hardware, hooks, iron wings, ladder safety equipment, lifelines, lineman, nets, safety block, self retractors, straps, tripods, trolleys, vacuum anchors and vests just to name a few.] In the event of a fall this type of equipment is essential to arrest the fall and save the worker's life. As on many jobs it's not a question of if you'll fall, but when you'll fall and then do you have the right equipment to arrest it?
Call it fall arrest or fall protection, the idea is stop the worker from striking the ground or some other hard and unforgiving surface below.
I've written about fall protection gear in the past on my web site. Search for fall arrest on the Lombardi Law Firm website.