Ohio product liability lawyer and consumer safety attorney investigating portable generator accidents for injured plaintiffs nationwide

Portable generator accidents kill an average 70 people a year in the U.S. That makes generators one of the deadliest consumer products on the market, and by far the most dangerous engine-driven power tool used widely. About 2,800 people a year suffer carbon monoxide poisoning directly related to portable generators.

The hazards are not new for consumers, though regulators have failed to harness the dangers presented by generators used at home and at the workplace. Manufacturers have continued to make defective generators and have not provided sufficient warnings. Warning labels on machines are often small or do not warn the consumer about the risks of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Joe Lyon is an experienced product liability attorney and consumer safety lawyer reviewing portable generator accidents and reviewing injury claims for plaintiffs nationwide.

Defective Generators & Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

The Consumer Protection Safety Commission (CPSC) chairman says every portable generator injury and accident is preventable, and urges companies to put safety over profit. Basic safeguards can save lives and deliver the same product.

Some portable generator accidents are due to machine defects, though the majority are CO poisoning related, generally when users run the machines in enclosed spaces like garages and workshops—poorly ventilated work spaces. CO-related deaths linked to generators have risen, and there were at least 64 deaths in 2005 from portable generator CO poisoning.

Workplace Safety & Portable Generator Accidents

Portable generators are internal combustion engines that present specific hazards, which include electrocution, fire and burn injury, and carbon monoxide from the generator’s exhaust. Some basic guidelines for generator safety include:

  • Never attach generators directly to the home or office electrical system
  • Plug electrical appliances directly into the generator using the manufacturer’s supplied cords or extension cords that are grounded
  • Do not overload a generator
  • Use ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs)
  • Keep generators dry
  • Never use a generator indoors or in enclosed spaces such as garages, crawl spaces, and basements
  • Make sure a generator has 3 to 4 feet of clearance space on all sides
  • Be aware of symptoms of CO poisoning—dizziness, headaches, nausea, and fatigue
  • Before refueling, shut down the generator and allow it to cool

If you or a loved one has experienced generator-related injury at home or the workplace, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer critical questions regarding portable generator accidents.