Dangerous Construction Sites May Cause You Harm
Construction offers some of the best paying jobs, but also some of the most hazardous. Some of the most serious injuries and deaths are related to dangerous construction sites. There are numerous problems that may include such things as falls, being hit with an object, equipment malfunctions, and getting trapped between or under something. These situations may cause workers and others to suffer severe harm.
Serious Injuries Due to Falls
Falls may happen for a number of reasons. Unsafe ladders are a cause of concern. If a ladder is not properly placed, or secured, it can cause a fall. Using a ladder that is too short for the job can cause a fall to happen. Improper scaffolding may collapse or break, sending workers tumbling to the ground. Some severe injuries that may happen include bruises, broken bones, and head trauma.
Being Hit with a Construction Object
Workers are continually moving construction products around the site. Sometimes, a worker may be hit with an object that is dropped or carried. For example, someone walking under scaffolding could be hit on the head with a tool, or a piece of construction material. The blow could cause a serious injury, even if the victim is wearing a helmet.
Equipment Malfunctions and Tool Problems
From time to time, equipment on the job site may malfunction. This may be due to inadequate operation, failure to perform maintenance, or a defect in workmanship, among other things. For instance, a forklift, or crane could fail to operate properly, and cause injury to the worker, or others.
Entrapment Between or Under Something
A worker may become stuck, or trapped, between or beneath something during construction. Heavy objects can be difficult to maneuver. If an accident happens, an object could trap or even crush the worker. Other times, the collapse of a trench, or partially constructed wall, could hurt someone very seriously.
Preventing Construction Accidents and Injuries
Construction sites must conform to local and federal laws governing safety. Workers should always wear the proper safety gear, such as a hard hat, steel toed shoes, and safety goggles. Those operating machinery or vehicles should be properly trained. Safety inspections should be conducted regularly, and maintenance must be performed as needed.
What to Do After a Construction Site Accident
Even when safety measures are taken, accidents and injuries may occur on construction sites. Unfortunately, many construction site injuries are serious, and could cause a disability or even death. If you were hurt in a construction accident, you may be entitled to compensation to cover your expensive medical treatment, lost wages, and other damages. Call the legal team at Udall Shumway PLC to schedule a consultation.
This blog should be used for informational purposes only. It does not create an attorney-client relationship with any reader and should not be construed as legal advice. If you need legal advice regarding Dangerous Construction Sites, or any other personal injury, please feel free to contact Brian T. Allen at 480.461.5335, log on to udallshumway.com, or contact an attorney in your area. Udall Shumway PLC is located in Mesa, Arizona and is a full service law firm. We assist Individuals, families, businesses, schools and municipalities in Mesa and the Phoenix/East Valley.