Rome Escalator Collapse: How a Defective Product Lawyer Can Help in an Accident Like This

On October 23, a malfunctioning escalator in Rome rapidly accelerated downward and caused a pileup of people at the bottom of the stairs. A total of 24 people were injured, some suffering serious perforation wounds due to the shattered stairs bunched at the bottom acting like knife blades. Three people are in serious condition, including a man who partially lost his foot. One person suffered a complex trauma that prompted an immediate surgery.

ATAC, Rome’s public transport company, said “all maintenance checks of the escalator were carried out regularly and the results were in accordance to the norms.” A full investigation into the maintenance and safety of the escalator has been requested. If it uncovers any defective design or potential danger that should have been warned about, the manufacturer of the escalator could be found liable.

The Rome escalator collapse is an example of how everyday products that we assume are safe are also at risk of failing. All products must be made reasonably safe. Manufacturers have a duty to identify foreseeable hazards and ensure they are designed away, guarded against, or warned about. An experienced defective product lawyer at GoldenbergLaw will have the necessary resources and experience to prove this.

If you or a loved one has suffered a severe injury as the result of a defective product, contact GoldenbergLaw. Our defective product lawyers can determine if there is a design, manufacturing, or warning issue with the product. Call us, and leave the sleepless nights to us.

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Collapsing Table Saw and Power Tool Recalls

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A table saw with a collapsible table is convenient because it’s easier to move and store than its non-collapsible counterparts. However, it’s not very convenient when the table collapses unexpectedly; especially if the consumer is standing neaby. Sears, headquartered in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, is recalling about 46,000 table-saw tables because they are collapsing unexpectedly, causing injury. The saws are manufactured by Craftsman (a brand owned by Sears) and the tables are manufactured by Rexon Industrial Corporation.

Reports of injuries

Sears is recalling the tables because it has received:

  • 11 reports of the table saw’s table collapsing
  • 9 of the 11 reports included customer injuries

The reported injuries included:

  • Injuries to fingers, hands, and shoulders
  • Broken bones
  • Lacerations
  • A shoulder strain
  • A partial fingernail amputation

What should you do?

If you own a table saw matching that description, call Rexon’s customer service phone number at: 866-934-6360. They will tell you how to get a free replacement stand.

Here are the details of the table-saw table being recalled:

  • Model Number: 137.415030
  • Size: 10-inch
  • Label says: “15 AMP 10-inch table saw”

Other power tool recalls

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPSC) is a federal agency which helps protect consumers from dangerous products. One way it does this is by keeping track of the products companies recall. According to the USCPSC, 42 consumer products have already been recalled in 2017. 5 of those 42 recalled products have been power tools. The other power tools that have been recalled so far this year are:

  • Recalled: March 2, 2017
  • Cause: plastic fan inside blower can break causing the fan blades to be discharged from the blower, posing a risk of laceration
  • Manufacturer: STIHL
  • Recalled: February 23, 2017
  • Cause: fuel line can leak, posing fire and burn hazards
  • Manufacturer: Calphalon
  • Recalled: February 22, 2017
  • Cause: the blade can break during use
  • Manufacturer: Country Home Products
  • Recalled: January 25, 2017
  • Cause: fuel tank valve can malfunction and cause the fuel tank to expand and gasoline liquid or vapors to be unexpectedly released, posing fire and burn hazards

Check to see if anything you own has been recalled

The USCPSC makes it easy for you to know what products have been recalled. If you’re ever curious, just check out their website for a full list of all the consumer products that have been recalled in the US.