Updated January 16th, 2014
Construction workers and employers build our roads, houses, and workplaces and repair and maintain our nation’s physical infrastructure. Construction includes building new structures, renovations involving additions, alterations, or maintenance, and repair of buildings or engineering projects such as highways or utility systems.
Construction work sites are organizationally complex multi-employer sites and present numerous health an safety challenges. In 2009, there were 816 fatal on-the-job injuries to construction workers, more than in any other single industry sector and nearly one out of every five work-related deaths in the U.S. that year (19%).
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.
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.
A construction site accident can be extremely serious, and may cause permanent disability, loss of a limb, blindness, head injury, fractured or broken bones, amputation, scarring, and wrongful death. Often the medical bills will be large, and there may be a long period of disability and lost wages. Workers’ compensation may pay for some of the medical bills and lost earnings, but worker’s compensation cannot adequately compensate an injured worker for permanent losses and disability arising from a serious construction accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured on the job or at a construction site, call the Los Angeles construction accident attorneys at Grey Law today for a free case evaluation. Our experienced attorneys will help you recover compensation for your serious injury or the wrongful death of a loved one. Call us today at 323-857-9500.
Injuries suffered at construction sites can be severe and life altering. Some examples of construction site accidents include:
- Tunnel accidents
- Highway construction accidents
- Wrongful death
- Roadway safety defects
- Crane accidents
- Scaffold accidents
- Nail gun accidents
- Safety code violations
- OSHA violations
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Electrical accidents
- Forklift accidents
- Excavation accidents
- Toxic chemical exposure
- Open pits and trenches
- Eye injuries
- Pedestrian construction accidents
The attorneys at Grey understand that after going through such trauma your goals are to make sure your medical bills are paid and covered, that you do not suffer financially through any lost wages, and that your insurance company will pay for future treatment relating to your injury. Our attorneys will work with insurance companies and other parties involved in your case to make sure all your needs are handled quickly and appropriately. With over 25 years experience handling construction accident cases we have represented victims of all sorts of serious injuries and wrongful death. Contact our office today for a free legal case evaluation.
When a construction site accident occurs, responsibility for the personal injury can be attributed to a variety of individuals or businesses, including:
- Contractors and subcontractors
- Scaffolding companies
- Insurance companies
- Equipment manufacturers
For example, the general contractor and subcontractors must provide a reasonably safe work environment and manufacturers of construction equipment are responsible for designing and maintaining safe products. In complex cases, in addition to negligence and workers’ compensation, a construction accident lawyer must consider the legal principles of agency and corporate law.
Contact A Construction Site Injury Lawyer
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 injury lawyers at Grey Law are experienced in the inspection of work sites, preservation of evidence, and identification and questioning of critical witnesses. Call our office today at 323-857-9500.