All employees have the right to work in an environment that neither jeopardizes their health nor safety. Many injuries that occur on the job are the result of unsafe working conditions, which are often due to negligence on the part of employers, foremen, supervisors, co-workers, contractors, or product manufacturers. Forgoing standard safety procedures, violating Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) regulations, not providing the appropriate safety equipment or training, cutting corners, using substandard materials and dangerous equipment are just some of the circumstances under which worker safety may be threatened.
Nearly 6.5 million people work at approximately 252,000 construction sites across the nation on any given day. The fatal injury rate for the construction industry is higher than the national average in this category for all industries. (OSHA 3232-05N 2005)
Potential hazards for workers in construction include:
- Falls (from heights);
- Trench collapse;
- Scaffold collapse;
- Electric shock and arc flash/arc blast;
- Failure to use proper personal protective equipment; and
- Repetitive motion injuries.
Construction sites are busy with many different activities and loaded with large machinery. They are noted for having accidents that result in serious and catastrophic injuries. Thousands of construction workers are injured or killed on the job each year.
Unfortunately, worker’s compensation often does not provide enough benefits to cover the costs that result from a serious injury.
If you are injured while working at a construction site, you can file a personal injury lawsuit if your injuries were caused by a third party’s negligent or careless actions. A third party is someone other than your employer whose negligence directly caused your injury. Examples of third parties that have been successfully sued for construction site injuries include subcontractors, architects, engineers, equipment manufacturers and suppliers.
We thoroughly investigate employment-related on-the-job injuries and obtain the evidence necessary to help determine fault and choose the best course of legal action. Such evidence may include witness statements, contracts, and company and inspection records. We also retain industry experts in fields such as occupational safety and health, construction, engineering and others to ensure accuracy and consistency.
If you were injured on a construction site, we can help figure out which parties are responsible and bring them to justice.