Dangerous Product - Fisch Electric Log Splitter - Facial Injuries from Ejecting Log Pieces - Failure to Provide Guard and other Design Flaws
An Illinois personal injury case has arisen from my client's use of a Fisch Electric Log Splitter. As you can see from the picture to the right, the electric motor and plunger engagement lever must each be operated by a separate hand and must each be held down during the log splitting process, forcing the user into a prone position with their face as a prime target for any ejected log pieces. The picture demonstrates the prone position the operator must be in as the right hand holds down the electric motor switch and the left hand holds down the plunger lever; both must be held down during operation.
What safety measures are in place? Wearing safety goggles which do not protect the face. What safety measures should be in place? Simple, a metal guard, an operation switch that allows the operator to step away from the machine while splitting the logs, a longer plunger handle allowing distance from the splitter bed and not forcing the operators face to held in a dangerous position prone to serious personal injury. Any one of these design suggestions by themselves or in combination would likely prevent many injuries.
In the current Illinois products liability injury case I am handling, the log piece violently jumped out of the splitter bed and struck my client in the face as he was forced to remain in the prone position during operation with no safety guard. He was knocked unconscious and soon after waking up was taken to the local emergency room. He ended up with a severely broken nose along with several contusions and lacerations to his face. He has recently undergone his initial surgery to reconstruct and repair his nose and the doctors are expecting the recovery process to require several surgeries due to the nature and extent of the facial injuries.
We are currently accepting log splitter injury cases and lawsuits nationwide. If you or a loved one have been injured or killed by this type of log splitter or one similar to it please contact us.