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Safety Labels

It is customary to provide an instruction document with an electric tool or appliance and to include a variety of safety warnings in the document. Typically a circular in small print. How many real people read safety warnings if they can just plug in the device and use it?

Death and destruction result. For example, in one of my cases an electric hot air gun caused a major fire because it was not stored in accordance with its small print. In another case a man was electrocuted because an electric tool became wet, contrary to its small print warning, and the water provided a lethal electrical conductor.

Does such poor labeling prevent product liability?

There should be a conspicuous warning against using the device until after reading the safety warning. A suggested way is to attach a warning label to the plug which must be removed in order to connect the device to power. A word such as DANGER and other danger symbols should appear on the label.

By Lawrence Kamm
Electric Shock and Fire Expert Witness And Consultant
Mr. Lawrence Kamm is an expert witness for industrial accidents, product liability, electric shock, electrocution, fire, explosion, and patent infringement. He is a licensed professional engineer (California E5897), specializing in electrical, mechanical, and electro-mechanical engineering. He is a former registered patent agent. He has 50 years experience including depositions and trials.

Copyright Lawrence Kamm

Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this publication, it is not intended to provide legal advice as individual situations will differ and should be discussed with an expert and/or lawyer.For specific technical or legal advice on the information provided and related topics, please contact the author.

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