Products liability exposure is high due to the nature of the equipment and the high potential for bodily injury to users. This equipment is designed for heavy use on rugged terrains. Operations may be far away from rapid-response emergency services. Safety devices must be installed in such a way that they are not easily bypassed or damaged. The possibility of serious injury is high, whether it is from product malfunction or improper use.
Warning labels regarding dangers of personal injury are important, but provide only limited defence, especially in the case of inherently dangerous products. Sharp-edged parts could break off and cause severe injuries. Malfunction in the wiring could present a fire or an electrocution hazard, and rupture in the fuel lines or gas tank could result in an explosion.
Construction machinery tends to have a long period of use. Older equipment made before improved safety features were introduced may still be in use.