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Construction Accidents

Let’s face it. Many owners and general contractors fail to make worker safety priority number one. When schedules slip, rain delays occur, or vendors and trades miss their deadlines, project managers are pressed to maintain the schedule. Regardless of delays or pressure to meet construction deadlines, construction workers are entitled to a safely maintained workplace. Because working in construction can be dangerous, construction companies are required to abide by strict federal and state safety guidelines. Unfortunately, many employers fail to uphold these standards, causing workers to get hurt. Injured construction employees often wrongfully believe that the only recourse they have is against their employer because of worker’s compensation. Many injuries are caused by third-parties unrelated to your employer so it is imperative to get an immediate consultation to understand your rights.

Types of Construction Accidents

From heavy machinery to dangerous chemicals, there are a variety of ways a worker can get hurt on a construction site. However, some of the most common causes of construction injuries include:

  • Falls from a height with no fall protection
  • Scaffolding collapse
  • Electrocution
  • Being struck by an object or piece of machinery
  • Burns
  • Workplace vehicle accidents
  • Defective tools
  • Getting pinned between equipment

Injuries from construction accidents are usually very severe. Workers can suffer from traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), neck and spinal cord injuries, broken bones, lacerations, eye injuries, burns, and even death. Because of the severe nature of construction injuries, many victims find themselves not only struggling to recover physically, but also burdened with the cost of medical treatment. Construction accidents often place a huge financial burden on the victims and their families who have expensive medical bills, but are also suffering from lost wages and/or lost earning capacity.

Preventing Construction Accidents

Many construction accidents can be prevented with the proper safety gear, procedures and protocols in place. Simple tools like hard hats, goggles, and gloves can dramatically decrease the incidence and severity of injuries. Despite this, many employers do not outfit their employees with the appropriate safety gear. Equally important to a worker’s safety is providing appropriate safety training. Even if your employer properly trained you for your specific job duties, the level of training for other trades and workers is not known. Employers who fail to protect other workers from their employees’ carelessness and neglect can be held responsible for their negligence.

Construction Accident Lawyers

The lawyers at Walston Bowlin are uniquely qualified to handle cases in which you may have suffered an injury at a construction site. Our lawyers understand and litigate construction matters. We handle all facets of construction litigation, which puts us in a unique position of being able to “talk the talk.” If you were injured in a construction accident, call us today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.

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