Construction workers deserve to work in safe and secure environments, just like workers in any other industry. Unfortunately, far too many construction companies and site managers take dangerous shortcuts when it comes to safety, leaving workers and passersby exposed to serious hazards that threaten their safety and their livelihoods.
Sadly, because of the very nature of construction site accidents, workers often suffer injuries and ongoing disabilities that quickly exceed the compensation available to them through workers’ compensation programs. In situations like these, a personal injury lawsuit may be able to help injured workers secure the financial compensation they need to cover the steep costs associated with their medical treatment and ongoing rehabilitation.
Additionally, individuals who find themselves located walking or driving near construction sites can suffer devastating injuries just by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Whether you’re a construction site worker or just a passerby, you could be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit if you’ve suffered unnecessarily in a construction site accident caused by any of the following.
Construction sites are filled with elevated structures, especially in urban environments. While necessary to complete multi-storied buildings, they pose numerous threats to everyone around them. Workers who aren’t given proper safety equipment or training are at risk of falling from these structures, which almost guarantees serious brain and spinal injuries or worse. Additionally, if items left on these structures are improperly secured, individuals walking near these sites can suffer devastating head injuries if and when objects fall to the ground.
Not only are scaffolds dangerous for the above-mentioned elevation reasons, but the structures themselves are frequently unsafe. Scaffolds have to be carefully built in order to maintain their structural integrity. When construction companies fail their workers by hastily erecting these tall structures, they put them at serious risk of suffering fall-related injuries.
Many jobs on a construction site require workers to operate large, heavy machinery. If these vehicles aren’t properly maintained or if workers aren’t properly trained on how to operate them, everyone on a work site can be put in serious danger. From the individuals operating these machines to those locate near by, vehicle collisions or a vehicle that drops its load can cause untold devastation on and near a worksite.
Of the many vehicles present on a construction site, cranes are arguably the most dangerous, both because of the heavy items they can drop and because improper use or balancing of these machines can cause a crane to collapse entirely—bringing the crane and anything it’s carrying crashing down. Determining safe carrying weights and balance is a delicate act, and any shortcuts or carelessness when it comes to utilizing cranes on a construction site can be deadly to all nearby.
People who work on or travel near construction sites should be able to do so without having to fear threat of injury. Unfortunately, there are roughly 150,000 construction site accidents in the U.S. every year, so clearly something isn’t getting through to careless construction site managers and workers. If you or someone you love has been injured in a construction accident, our team at Chenkin Law Firm knows what it takes to bring an aggressive case in defense of your rights. Let us go to work fighting for you by calling us today at (800) 721-7472.