It’s no secret that construction sites can be dangerous. Bustling workers and machinery are in constant motion, often in close quarters. Powerful hand tools are used. Incomplete buildings have openings that workers can fall through, often high above the ground. Substandard or improperly erected scaffolding can collapse. Workers are struck by falling debris and heavy objects. Faulty wiring can expose workers to electrocutions.
Of the 3,945 private industry worker fatalities reported in 2012 across the country, 775 (or 19.6%) involved construction workers. In 2012, approximately 183,200 non-fatal construction site injuries and illnesses were reported in the U.S., according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a significant majority (119,200) involving trade contractors.
The top ten most frequently cited OSHA safety standards violations in 2013 included fall protection at construction sites (most cited), general requirements for scaffolding (third most cited), and construction site ladders (seventh most cited).
Workers’ compensation covers workers injured on the job, but sometimes individuals and entities unrelated to employers cause construction site accidents. A worker injured due to the careless actions of third parties (i.e., not his or her employer) can seek personal injury damages in addition to workers’ compensation benefits.
Help for your construction site injury claim
Determining who is at fault for a construction site injury can be complex and difficult to prove. The attorneys at Avrek Law Firm have the know-how and experience to effectively investigate construction site accidents, prove who was at fault, and build the maximum value of personal injury damages. This is the level of expertise and dedication you deserve.
If you have been injured in a construction site accident, contact Avrek Law Firm today to let us help you assess your legal rights. Avrek Law Firm attorneys have a record of success representing injured individuals, obtaining more than $750,000,000 in settlements and judgments since 1998 on behalf of our clients. Your initial consultation is always free, and you won’t pay legal fees until you obtain compensation for your injuries.
Who can be liable for construction site accidents?
A wide range of individuals and companies can be potentially at fault for causing injuries at construction sites, including general contractors, subcontractors, architects, site engineers, equipment manufacturers, and property owners. In assessing liability for construction site injuries, primary determinations include the extent of an individual’s or entity’s control over the premises where the work is being done, and the degree of their control over the work itself.
- General contractors, prime contractors, site managers, and subcontractors are responsible for providing a reasonably safe work environment. For example, they have a legal duty to warn of any hazards at a construction site, such as an open hole in the floor or wall of a building being constructed. Of critical importance, they need to comply with federal and state occupational and site safety regulations. They are also responsible for hiring reasonably competent employees, as well as supervising and training them as circumstances require.
- Property owners could be potentially liable for dangerous conditions on the land that they know of or should reasonably know of.
- Architects and engineers could be at fault if site plans fall short of acceptable professional standards, or if they fail to comply with contractual obligations related to site inspections.
- Power and construction equipment manufacturers are obligated under the law to make products that are safe to use. A worker injured by a tool or machine that is inherently dangerous because of a defective design, or because it is made with substandard parts, can pursue a products liability claim against the manufacturer.
On larger construction projects, the various parties will likely have liability insurance policies. They will have also likely signed contracts that apportion liability responsibilities depending on the type of work being done and the aspect of the construction phase in question.
Analyzing liability and insurance obligations for a construction site accident can be difficult. Our attorneys know the extensive safety regulations pertaining to construction sites that can impact liability. We have extensive experience determining insurance and indemnity responsibilities – knowing where to look and what to look for. Our lawyers have handled thousands of personal injury claims, and that experience means we know how to build rock solid legal cases to maximize the value of our clients’ claims.
Types of Construction Site Injuries
Construction site injuries are often catastrophic because of the inherent dangers of working with and around power tools and heavy equipment. Construction workers on large commercial buildings are often exposed to potential dangers from working at great heights, or from electrocution, or collapsed walls or roofs. The types of injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injuries
- Serious burns
- Loss of limbs, toes or fingers
- Crush injuries
- Loss of vision
- Hearing damage
- Back and neck injuries
Serious injuries can severely disrupt an individual’s life. Medical bills can mount. Income can be lost because an individual is unable to work. Recovering from a serious injury is often slow, arduous and painful, with no guarantee of a full recovery. Serious personal injuries can dramatically diminish your enjoyment of life.
Contact our Construction Site Lawyers Today
If you have suffered a construction injury or been in a construction related accident, contact Avrek Law Firm today! You owe it to yourself to discuss your potential claim with the experienced construction site accident attorneys at Avrek Law Firm. We are here to help you.