Construction zones are complex and often hazardous environments, so it’s not surprising that on-the-job injuries are common and are brought about by diverse factors. Five of the injuries that are widely experienced by construction workers are as follows:
- Heavy machine equipment injuries – Equipment can be unsafe (such as when a dumpster gets overturned) or defective (such as when a nail gun doesn’t operate according to its specifications). Product liability is an important concept related to this area of law
- Falls – Falls by the worker are, unfortunately, a prevalent occurrence. Typical scenarios are: a. stepladders that collapse or fall over; b. slip and fall accidents, frequently arising from dangerous conditions (i.e., negligence); c. falls that happen because of poor installation of a staircase or the lack of handrails; d. roof falls due to a failure to provide lifelines or fall safeguards; and e. scaffolding collapses that lead to falls
- Falling objects – Tools or other objects could fall from a higher level because they aren’t secured according to standards or the worker isn’t wearing a hardhat
- Caught-in/between – Construction workers can be compressed by or get caught in objects or equipment, as indicated by the CDC. They can also be crushed or get stuck within material, equipment, or a structure that collapses
The statistics on how many construction workers are injured each year are certainly alarming. Have you personally experienced a construction zone accident and want to be justly compensated for your injuries? To discuss your rights and how they can best be protected, talk to an experienced construction zone negligence attorney as soon as possible.