Because demolition accidents often involve explosives and other powerful demolition equipment, the resulting accidents often result in fatality or very serious bodily injury.
Common Causes of Demolition Accidents
Injuries and deaths related to demolition accidents are often caused by:
- Premature detonation of explosives
- Premature collapse of buildings or workplaces
- Falls from workplaces and access routes such as scaffoldings
When workers are not prepared for an explosion or other form of detonation, the force or surprise may cause injuries even though the worker was not harmed by the actual explosion.
Preventing Demolition Accidents
Employers and workers can work together to avoid demolition accidents by implementing detailed safety procedures and training. All workers should be notified of demolition plans, and should be given adequate time to avoid areas affected by the demolition.
Prior to any demolition job, a risk assessment should be performed to look for variables such as weaknesses in buildings, the presence of flammable materials, and any other factor that may harm workers or the general public.
Demolition Accident Lawsuits
If you have 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.