The building and remodeling of residential and commercial property continues to grow in Los Angeles and throughout California. Unfortunately, with this construction workplace accidents will happen. Construction sites can be dangerous places to work, visit or even walk by. There are numerous hazards on a construction site, including heavy machinery, dangerous power tools, scaffolding, ladders, lifts, exposed electrical wires and boxes, construction debris, and falling objects. Hazards and risks in construction work are often known but hard to control in workplaces that change constantly.
Employers have a responsibility to keep construction sites safe for workers. This includes implementing safety procedures, maintaining equipment, and supervising workers. The construction industry must comply with federal laws governing workplace safety and health, primarily the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, which the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enforces. Regulations, specifications, inspection requirements, and job safety programs are all used to prevent construction site accidents and promote safety awareness for everyone involved in a construction project.
Causes of constructions accidents can include, but are not limited to:
- Defective machinery
- Defective or unsafe tools
- Exposed power lines
- Faulty scaffolding or other supports
- Building collapses
- Crane accidents and falls
- Dumpster accidents
- Nail gun accidents
- Compressed gas accidents
- Electrical accidents
- Elevator accidents
- Heavy equipment accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Trenching and excavation accidents
- Chemical exposure
- Transportation accidents
- Welding accidents
- Failure to enforce work-site safety
- Supervision errors
- Communication errors
- Unsafe practices
- Busy, unsafe sites that are unsupervised or poorly coordinated
- Violations of OSHA regulations and other safety standards
If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident contact a Los Angeles construction accident attorney from Grey Law today. You or your loved one may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Our experienced attorneys will investigate all possible sources of negligence and liability to help you recover the maximum amount available. Call us today at 323-857-9500.
Major construction sites should have site safety managers to oversee the safety components of the work environment and protecting the workers from unsafe weather conditions, dangerous debris on the work site or other hazardous conditions. Some sites simply don’t have these people managing the site as they should, and in other cases, the negligence of other crew members causes unsafe conditions on the job. Many different individuals or organizations may work at a construction site, and therefore be liable for injuries that occur, including the construction site owner, architects and engineering professionals, contractors, construction managers, and manufacturers of construction machinery or equipment.
There are many different types of injuries that can occur at a construction site. Some of those injuries include:
- Burns – chemical, thermal, and cold
- Amputation injuries
- Back injuries
- Brain injuries
- Neck injuries
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
With more than 25 years of experience, the attorneys at Grey Law have seen cases involving all of these tragic circumstances. Our construction accident attorneys specialize in serious injury and wrongful death claims. We know that you need to be compensated for your injuries, and we will fight for that compensation.
Damages that you or a loved one may be entitled to recover from a construction accident include:
- Hospital expenses
- Medical expenses
- Past and future lost earnings
- Past and future permanent physical disability
- Emotional stress
- Loss of love and/or companionship
- Damage or destruction of property
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Knowledge of federal and state regulations governing construction sites is imperative when developing theories against all of the third parties who may be responsible for a construction site accident. The Los Angeles construction accident attorneys at Grey Law are experienced in the inspection of work sites, preservation of evidence and identification and questioning of critical witnesses. Contact our office today to learn more about what we can do for you and for a free case evaluation.