Workers often must lift heavy objects, operate heavy equipment, and perform difficult job duties at elevated heights. Still, proper protocol and safety practices can decrease a worker or passerby's risk of being injured. It is also the duty of contractors to ensure that warnings are issued in hazardous areas. When someone causes a preventable construction accident through negligence, he or she may be liable for the victim's injuries. For example, a supervisor at a construction site is responsible for enforcing safety measures. Employers of construction workers must properly train their employees. Companies that manufacture construction equipment are liable if their products prove to be defective. A construction accident can include scaffold/ladder accidents, falling objects/ceiling accidents, crane accidents, defective machines and heavy equipment, highway work zone accidents and much more.
Falls from construction equipment such as ladders and scaffolding result in numerous deaths and serious injuries each year in California. Many construction accident falls are the result of defective or ill-maintained equipment. Others involve the improper use of safety precautions or equipment while some result from simple slips. Some construction sites are now ensuring that more safety measures are taken, such as guardrails and safety nets, to prevent a construction accident during falls. This isn't the case for every site though, hence, accidents will occur. Whatever the cause of the accident, people injured by falls from scaffolds or ladders may be eligible for compensation whether your case is against the equipment manufacturer, construction company, or your employer,
Falling Objects/Ceiling Accidents
Construction sites host many dangers that are difficult to anticipate. Falling objects constitute a construction accident that is often unforeseeable. Unfortunately, the impact of even small tools--let alone large, heavy objects--can increase significantly when falling from a considerable height. A construction accident caused by a falling object can cause severe head and/or brain injury as well as wrongful death. Ceiling construction accidents such as loose tiles or ceiling collapse are a related danger and source of potential falling objects. Construction accident injuries can range from mild to the disabling. In some instances, ceiling collapse can result in deaths.
Special technology has been developed for operating heavy loads, which is crucial to construction industry. Large machinery such as cranes call for extensive training for safe and proper operation. Cranes are extremely large pieces of machinery used by many construction sites on a daily basis. Many important safety precautions need to be taken while using cranes. Operators along with the workers in surrounding areas have to be careful and aware of the machinery in order to avoid causing a construction accident.
One of the most common construction accidents involves a crane coming in contact with a power line, causing electrocution. This type of construction accident causes a majority of crane accident fatalities. Unfortunately, construction accidents like this do occur, but it is the responsibility of the employer to ensure that a qualified, competent employee is handling the equipment as safe as possible. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administrator, attachments used with cranes should not exceed the capacity, rating, or scope recommended by the manufacturer of the crane equipment. The precautionary measures should help ensure the safety of the employee handling the equipment, as well as employees in surrounding areas.
Defective Machinery and Heavy Equipment
The use of machinery and heavy equipment poses a serious safety hazard for all operators and has often been the cause of construction accidents. Operators of heavy equipment and machinery are required to act in the safest possible way. Extensive training for all machines is necessary and should be required by all employers. Even the most experienced controllers are at risk of a construction accident when equipment is in use. Accidents can occur while using defective machinery or heavy equipment. Using defective machines can crush or even amputate limbs, cause disfigurement, burns, blindness and more. There are rules and regulations bestowed upon construction workers that can help prevent accidents, such as using the required safety measures.
Highway Work Zone Accidents
Highway work zone accidents are occurring more and more in many areas throughout the country. The safety of the construction workers is often times at risk for different reasons. Highway work zones are places where construction workers and trucks are constantly moving around. While working on the highway, workspace is very limited since other cars are on the road. If a construction worker suffers an accident on the job due to electrical hazards, defective machinery, heavy equipment, falls, or crane accidents, he or she may be entitled to compensation for their injuries. Depending on what caused the accident to occur, a construction worker may have a case
The Department of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have been developed to monitor working conditions and maintain a benchmark level of safety for workers. Not only is your employer responsible for providing a safe workplace, they must support you when you suffer injuries on the job site. OSHA penalizes companies for dangerous working conditions. These are some very strict regulations, and it is a good idea to contact a lawyer if you mean to hold your company responsible for injuries youíve suffered.
Since its inception in 1971, OSHA has helped to cut workplace fatalities by more than 60 percent and occupational injury and illness rates by 40 percent. In the past, workers had to fend for themselves. People working in dangerous industries were not paid when they had to take time off for injuries, even when the injuries happened at work! These employees who took on extra risk by working difficult and dangerous jobs were not necessarily paid more, so it was often the marginalized members of society such as recent immigrants who were forced to risk their lives daily just to get by. Modern standards, such as those established by OSHA, seek to make this abuse a thing of the past.
Workplace injury and abuses still occur, however, especially if you donít know your rights. If you have been injured at work because your employer has not provided appropriate safety measures or you have suffered a workplace injury and were subsequently laid off or not paid for your recovery time, contact a lawyer right away.
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