Construction Site Accidents

Each year thousands of accidents occur at construction sites. Many of these involve falls, defective machinery, explosions and scaffolding accidents. These accidents can cause long-lasting physical injuries and financially injure an individual if he or she is unable to work due to injuries caused by the accident.

Construction site accidents occur more frequently than you might think.

  • OSHA estimates that 50 people die in crane accidents each year.
  • Industry experts estimate that each year 10,000 workers are injured in scaffolding accidents.

Many of these deaths and injuries could be prevented if proper safety precautions are taken. Managers need to communicate clear rules and guidelines concerning safety precautions and ensure these rules are enforced. If steps to secure a site are not taken, those in charge of safety may be held liable for any on-site accidents that occur.

Construction accidents can involve both workers and bystanders. When bystanders are involved, common personal injury law applies. Injured workers may be able to receive workers' compensation benefits. However, workers' compensation may not cover all losses. If your injuries are the result of someone else’s carelessness, you may be able to file a claim against the individual or company who created the negligent situation. Liability is often determined by looking at who is responsible for the safety of the site. Contracts can help determine this. Often more than one person may be held liable. Under negligence laws, an individual may also be liable for an accident if he or she knew about the unsafe condition and failed to take steps to remedy it.

Special liability rules often apply to individuals working with hazardous materials. A lawyer trained in construction site accidents can help determine if these special conditions apply to you and may be able to help you recover compensation for your injuries and any expenses incurred due to someone else’s carelessness.

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