Construction is one of the most dangerous industries, with thousands of workers suffering accidents, injuries, and fatalities annually. In most cases, injured workers go through the worker’s compensation system. Still, if you've been injured at a work site, your construction accident attorney may be able to file a personal injury claim. If you've suffered any of the common construction site injuries below, talk to an attorney to see if you have grounds for a claim.
4 Top Construction Site Accidents & Injuries
Construction workers often work at precarious heights: they climb ladders, walk across thin beams, and clamber across roofs. Depending on the height of the plunge and position at landing, injuries due to falls range from broken bones to disabling brain injuries and even death. Falls from cranes and scaffolding are the leading cause of fatalities for construction workers, and failure to provide fall protection was the top violation of OSHA standards cited in fiscal year 2017.
2. Falling Objects
Workers on upper levels of a site may drop improperly secured tools, building materials, or debris, potentially causing serious injuries to anyone below. If your employer neglected to provide adequate safety equipment, training, or otherwise contributed to unsafe work conditions, your construction accident attorney may be able to sue for your medical expenses, lost wages, and other losses.
3. Malfunctioning Equipment
Every construction job requires power tools and other heavy equipment. Malfunctioning machinery often results in grievous injuries, including severed limbs, electrocution, and crushing. If the equipment was improperly stored or maintained, your employer can be held liable. If the equipment itself was defective, your construction injury attorney may also be able to hold the manufacturer or distributor responsible.
4. Fires or Explosions
Fires and explosions are comparatively rare but deadly. The causes are numerous: construction crews may accidentally hit a gas main, may not be adequately trained in the handling of hazardous and combustible materials, may not fully protect against sparks or open flames, or may not properly control a blast site. These incidents often result in severe burns, ocular trauma, and perforation.
No matter the cause, construction site accidents have life-changing ramifications. For over 30 years, Pena & Kahn, PLLC has represented injured construction workers throughout the Tri-State Area from their offices in the Bronx and Jackson Heights, NY. If you’re unable to work and dealing with massive medical expenses, their construction accident attorneys will identify your legal options and aggressively seek compensation on your behalf. Visit their website to see how they can help, follow the firm on Twitter, or call (718) 585-6551 to schedule a consultation today.