Is anyone other than my employer legally responsible for my injury at work?

Yes. The manufacturer of the defective equipment (i.e. ladder, scaffold, harness) is responsible for the injuries caused by a defective product. If the manufacturer is found to have placed an unreasonably dangerous product in the stream of commerce, it will be obligated to pay all of the worker’s damages, including lost income, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life. This is a much larger amount than was paid by the employer for the same event.If you or a co-worker is injured at work, investigate to determine whether the accident was the result of a defective product. If it was, the injured worker will be able to seek full compensation, as opposed to the lesser payments made under workers’ compensation.