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Construction Accidents

Accidents at construction sites are an inevitable occurrence, as construction work is a dangerous trade. Efforts to promote safety awareness, establish regulations, and inspection requirements are established to lower the frequency of accidents on construction sites. Nevertheless, there are numerous factors such as hazardous working conditions, employer negligence and faulty equipment that cause high numbers of on site construction injuries. The most common construction hazards include:

  • Falling from scaffolds and other elevations
  • Improper site inspection
  • Exposure to harmful substances like asbestos and chemicals
  • Injuries caused by laborious motions such as lifting

Employers bear the burden of responsibility to keep their construction workers safe. The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 mandates the construction industry to comply with safety regulations on construction sites. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) maintains that a supervising authority should not expect employees to work in unsafe working conditions, requiring safety managers to oversee sites and protection of workers from hazardous conditions. Construction sites that do not provide safety measures as dictated by the OSHA are the major cause of tragic construction site accidents.

Identifying the party liable for a victim’s injuries can be a difficult task, as there are multiple managerial agents present on construction sites. The responsibility thus, often turns to the person in control of the particular job activity at the time of the accident. Examples of parties held liable for injuries that may occur include construction site owners, architects, engineering professionals, contractors, construction managers, and manufacturers of construction machinery or equipment.

If you have been involved in an accident that has devastated your reality, seek legal counsel today. We, at the Genesis Law Group recognize the physical but also emotional distress a construction related accident could cause. If negligence was involved in your injury, we can help you seek the justice you deserve. Time is of the essence with construction accidents as sites change rapidly, restricting the time frame available to gather evidence. Come into our offices today to discuss the details of your situation. There are many factors to consider in construction accidents that you should not handle without professional legal assistance. An attorney with the Genesis Law Group will ensure that you have a strong case.