A construction injury accident is a either work-related injury at a construction site or a injury to a 3rd party at a construction site. Since construction zones are considered to be inherently dangerous areas, regulations, specifications, inspection requirements, and job safety requirements are required to prevent construction site accidents. Construction sites are usually in the middle of areas where pedestrians are in the surrounding areas and sidewalks. Minor mistakes in construction sites can cause major injuries to workers and pedestrians.
Falling objects cause many injuries and the occasional fatality at construction sites. Even a small item can cause serious harm if dropped from an elevated position. Employers may have a duty to protect their employees, and innocent bystanders, from harms such as falling objects. Some common possible construction mistakes that cause falling objects in construction sites are:
Employers and workers can work together to avoid accidents by implementing detailed safety procedures and training. Steps that can help prevent falling object accidents include:
Construction sites that are located within areas that have waling pedestrians have a duty to keep and maintain a safe construction zone to prevent injury. A safe construction zone is mainly keeping a safe distance from pedestrians, complying with all safety measures, having proper warning signs, having all workers wear hard hats throughout the construction sign. If a falling object or debris falls and injures a pedestrian or worker, the construction site is probably not a safe place and extra measures were not taken to prevent this condition.
Falling object accidents, like most personal injury cases, involve negligence, or carelessness. These cases are usually directed at the construction company for carelessness by creating an unsafe work environment. The elements of negligence are duty, breach, causation, and damage.
Either a construction worker or pedestrian who was injured by a falling object may sue the construction company. In order to be successful in a lawsuit caused by a falling object, the plaintiff must prove:
Since falling object accidents are a form of negligence, the plaintiff has the burden of proving that the construction company was in fact careless. Some defenses were already mentioned above: the falling object is sometimes required to be construction material which the company controls before injury can be compensated.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident, and you believe it is the fault of your employer or another party, contact an attorney. A personal injury lawyer may be able to help you recover for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and possibly even punitive damages. Remember that there are deadlines established in the law, so contact an attorney before it is too late.
Last Modified: 05-05-2015 10:39 AM PDTLaw Library Disclaimer
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