If an injury on construction site occurred because of a third party's negligence, the workers can make a claim against that party whether it be a General Contractor, Subcontractor or the owner of the property where the accident occurred. The injured party must establish that third party was negligent and that their negligence led to the injury. An experienced personal injury attorney can establish the negligence on the injured victim's behalf.
From 2011-2016, there were 1,450 occupation fatalities classified as "struck by falling object"(Bureau of Labor Statistics). Many of these incidents could have been prevented if employers, contractors and other responsible parties adhered to proper safety regulations. If you have been harmed by debris or other objects that fell from above you while you were working in a construction site, you may be able to recover financial compensation against the negligent party.
Falls from unsafe scaffolding, ladders, bridges, etc.
Most construction workers who are injured in ladder or scaffold accidents fall off these devices when it collapses or is unsteady. Improperly designed, maintained or repaired devices can tip or collapse, causing serious debilitating injuries. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enforces several regulations regarding devices uses such as ladders. Some safety precautions include:
- Ladders should be inspected regularly
- Ladders should be kept in good condition
- Ladders should be put on secure footing or held in position
- Ladders used to reach a roof must extend at least three feet above the point of support
- When climbing the ladder, the construction worker should always face the ladder
- Short ladders should never be spliced together to form a longer ladder
- Ladders should not be used in the horizontal position as work platforms
- The top of a stepladder should never be used as a step
- Metal ladders should never be used near electrical equipment
It is the responsibility of supervisors, contractors, property owners to enforce the strict regulations for construction workers employed with or around power lines. Electricians are constantly surrounded by overhead and buried power lines that are un-insulated and can carry extremely high voltage. If there is no ground-fault protection, the insulation can break, short circuit and expose wires that can cause a ground-fault sending currents through the worker's body, which can result in severe electrical burns, explosions or even death.
Get answers to our most frequently asked questions about construction accidents.
Yes. Because workers compensation prohibits you as the employee from suing your employer, you can only sue if other parties are legally responsible for your injuries, such as third-party contractors, property owners, or subcontractors.
The property owner and general contractor (and in some cases subcontractors) should make sure the workplace is a safe environment and must abide by all laws.
That varies. It depends on the injury you suffered and the amount of time you were forced out of work, if any. Usually, construction accidents are serious and could be worth millions of dollars