This case takes place in North Carolina and involves a construction worker who was injured by a defective boom lift while working on a commercial construction project. The Plaintiff was a master electrician who had been tasked with the installation of ceiling lights in a big box retail store. In order to perform work on the ceiling of the store, the Plaintiff was operating a boom lift that had been rented from a heavy equipment rental company. When the Plaintiff originally rented the equipment, he had been assured that the lift had been inspected and was in proper working order. On the day of the accident, the Plaintiff and another worker entered the platform of the lift and began ascending towards the ceiling. As the platform approached the ceiling, the Plaintiff found that the lift’s “stop” function was not working. As a result, the lift pressed both men into the ceiling, causing them to sustain severe crushing injuries. It is alleged that the rental company failed to adequately inspect the lift before renting it to the Plaintiff.