Construction Accident Attorney
The construction industry has the distinction of having the third highest
number of worker deaths in the country. Each year, construction accidents
kill more than 1,000 construction workers in the U.S. Employers are required
by federal, state, and local statutes to provide safe working conditions
for workers, but that doesn't stop thousands of construction accidents
from occurring each year. The accidents range from chemical exposure to
defective machinery accidents.
Types of Construction Accidents
Falls: Falls on construction sites are responsible for close to 300 construction
worker deaths each year. Workers can fall from elevator shafts, frameworks,
ladders, scaffolding, canopies, or through an unstable floor. Workers
can slip through scaffolding or fall when planks on the scaffolding give
way. These are entirely preventable accidents and should not occur when
OSHA safety regulations are followed.
Collapse: Construction sites commonly require the excavation of trenches and the
scaffolding. Defective scaffolding or scaffolding that is incorrectly erected can
collapse, severely injuring construction workers caught on the scaffolding
or working below. Walls can tip and fall, and large mounds of soil that
have been stacked at the edge of a trench can slide into the trench, burying
workers underneath the soil debris. Whenever there are conditions that
make a collapse accident possible, employers are required by OSHA regulations
to take safety precautions, such as shoring up embankments and providing
harnesses to workers.
Construction sites may require the use of explosive devices to flatten
land and facilitate work. When safe procedures for the operation of these
devices are not followed, the resulting explosions can have devastating
consequences for construction workers.
Electrocution and malfunctioning of wiring and equipment is another common cause of
construction fire accidents.
Machinery Accidents: A construction site is full of complicated pieces of machinery that need
proper maintenance and supervised operations. Most machinery and equipment
accidents that occur on a construction site are the result of lack of
training to operate them properly, failure to take proper safety precautions,
as well as the failure to inspect equipment regularly. Injuries can occur
not only during operation of the equipment, but also during routine maintenance
procedures. Managers and supervisors at the site are required to oversee
the handling of heavy machinery on the construction site to prevent construction
accidents from occurring.
Defective Tool Accidents: Defective tools can cause serious accidents that injure or kill construction
workers. Tools with non-existent or malfunctioning safety switches and
protective covers intended to protect workers can be the cause of a dangerous
accident. Employers are responsible for ensuring that safe, regularly
inspected, and maintained tools are available to workers. Tool defects
can also be the fault of the tool manufacturer. In such cases, even when
properly maintained and operated, dangerous tools can lead to serious injuries.
Other Construction Accidents: Nail guns that are commonly used by construction workers are another source
of injuries on the site. The injuries resulting from nail gun shots are
often very similar to those received by a gun shot and include
head injuries, and even death. Lack of training to use these tools properly, failure
to provide safety training programs, unsafe conditions for nail gun use,
and ricocheting of nails are all factors that can cause serious nail gun
related injuries on a site. Trench accidents can involve flooding, touching
of electrical wires and cave-ins, while welding accidents can cause burns,
cuts, and eye injuries.
Lawyer for Construction Accident Claims
Damages for injuries sustained on a construction site can be claimed from
various parties, depending on their role in contributing to or failing
to prevent an accident. Employers, managers and supervisors, equipment
manufacturers, suppliers of material, and engineers can all be party to
a damages claim arising from a construction accident. If you are looking
to file a
personal injury claim following an accident on a construction site, it is in your best interests
to get the involvement of an
industrial injury lawyer from Arnold & Itkin LLP today.
We have been successful in obtaining billions of dollars on behalf of our
clients. We are prepared to go the distance in our efforts to help injured
construction workers in their fight to obtain maximum
monetary compensation. We know the damages that are associated with cases of this nature, and
we are ready to help our clients obtain the desirable outcome that they
deserve regardless of the extenuating circumstances. So don't wait!
We offer a free initial case consultation, so give us a call today to
discuss the case and learn more about how we can help you.
If you were injured while on a construction site,
contact a construction accident lawyer from our legal team today.