The construction industry undoubtedly has the honor of being the single most dangerous industry in America, with the highest rate of on-the-job injuries and deaths of all industries. This is due to a variety of factors, much of which is the result of negligence on the part of construction site owners and contractors. But why do construction injuries happen in the first place, and what can be done to prevent them?
What Are Construction Injuries?
Construction injuries refer broadly to any injury that construction workers suffer while on the job. The kinds of injuries that people can suffer on a construction site vary greatly, ranging from broken bones and torn muscles, to burns and electrocutions, to poisoning from exposure to toxic chemicals. While a relative minority of these injuries are fatal, workers can still be left with serious long-term health problems from the injuries they suffer on the job.
What Causes Construction Injuries?
To some extent, construction sites present inherent occupational hazards to workers. However, many of the potential dangers that construction workers face can be prevented or mitigated with adequate safety protections. Unfortunately, construction site owners and contractors do not always take the steps they should to protect workers from harm. Construction site owners and contractors are negligent when they fail to take adequate measures to protect their workers from unreasonable risks of harm.
How Can Site Owners and Construction Contractors Be Negligent?
Construction site owners and contractors can be found negligent based on a variety of reasons. Some of the most common types of negligence include:
- Failing to provide adequate safety equipment, such as gloves or helmets
- Failing to install fall protection, such as safety nets or handrails
- Failing to perform regular safety inspections of the site or equipment
- Failing to adequately stabilize ladders or scaffolding
- Failing to provide instruction on safety procedures, including use of protective gear
- Failing to put up warning signs for known hazards, including unstable areas on the site
- Failing to address known hazards in a timely fashion
- Circumventing safety systems, such as lockout/tagout systems
- Mishandling flammable, toxic, or corrosive chemicals
What Can You Do if You Have Suffered a Construction Injury?
If you have been injured as a result of a construction accident, you should speak to a lawyer with experience handling personal injury cases. They can review your case and help you to determine what legal strategy can work best for you. The sooner you call, the sooner they can get to work, helping you to get the compensation you deserve.
The personal injury attorneys at Georgaklis & Mallas, PLLC are experienced in representing clients who have been seriously injured, and the surviving family members of those who have been fatally injured, as the result of serious accidents. The firm’s accomplished personal injury lawyers strive to secure full and fair compensation for their injured clients. With law offices conveniently located in Brooklyn and Manhattan, their personal injury lawyers can vigorously represent clients throughout the metropolitan area, including in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island, the Bronx, Queens, and New Jersey. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, please call (718) 238-2400 or fill out our contact form.