Construction workers are exposed to a variety of risks everyday, and the profession offers arguably one of the most dangerous workplaces in the economy. Risks associated with vehicles, equipment and half-completed structures create an environment where even small mistakes can lead to a serious injury.
On average, there are 11,200 disabling accidental injuries to construction workers every hour during the year. These injuries can take on many forms, including:
- Accidents involving earthmoving equipment such as bulldozers or excavators
- Back and neck injuries
- Crane accidents
- Crushing and pinning accidents
- Electrocution from contact with exposed or unsecured wires, voltage boxes, even arc flash
- Falls from scaffolding, roofs, ladders, above or below ground structures
- Highway construction accidents
- Injuries caused by falling objects or equipment
- Injuries caused by tools such as nail guns, saws or drills
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Negligent storage of machines, tools, building materials, or debris
- Scaffold collapse
- Traumatic brain and head injuries
- Trench cave-in
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration has taken great strides in standardizing and overseeing the safety mechanisms in place on construction sites throughout the United States. But accidents can and do still happen with alarming frequency, often because basic safety procedures have been overlooked or because of the negligent actions of another person or company.
Determining fault can be more complicated in construction accidents than other areas of personal injury law. Usually there are many parties involved including owners, general contractors, subcontractors, managers, manufacturers, foremen or employees.
A general contractor is usually responsible for hazardous conditions existing on a jobsite. In fact, not all conditions that pose a hazard on a construction site are recognizable to the workers. Often, workers are not trained to identify these hazardous conditions, or they are hidden.
The numerous hazards on a construction site can often be eliminated if the general contractor or subcontractors are doing their job properly. The general contractor, subcontractors or other specific trades are in a position to recognize those hazards and it is their responsibility to remove, repair or warn the workers of the existing dangers.
General contractors or other trades can be negligent if they fail to identify hazards and, even further, fail to correct them or warn of them. Their negligence can cause various accidents such as: slip and falls, falls off ledges or beams, trips, vehicle accidents, equipment injuries and more.
Only experienced personal injury attorneys with expertise in construction injuries will be able to sort through those involved to properly evaluate your case and recover the most possible for the injuries you suffered.
At Kolsby Gordon, we have deeply experienced attorneys with a background and focus on construction accidents in the tri-state area. To learn more about specific areas of construction law, click on the listings to the left. And please contact us if you or a loved one has suffered an injury at a construction site.