• Jun
    02
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    Posted by: Jarve Kaplan Granato Starr

    Common Construction Site Accidents and How to Prevent Them

    Working construction can be a very lucrative career choice, but it is also rife with danger and risk. There are so many ways that construction site accidents can happen, and many of the most common can end in severe injury, or even death. As a construction worker, if you are injured on the job you are entitled to workers’ compensation to cover the costs of your medical expenses and any lost wages that you incur, but you are not able to file a personal injury lawsuit against your employer for negligence. You do, however, have the right to take a careful look at the circumstances that led to your injury to determine whether somebody else may have been responsible. The attorneys at Jarve, Kaplan, Granato & Starr, LLC have the resources to help you with that investigation and the legal knowledge to pursue those responsible, identify what steps could have prevented your accident and to hold them responsible for the damage that you’ve suffered.

    There are a number of common construction site accidents and injury types, including

    • Falls from scaffolding, roofs, ladders, cranes, and other heights
    • Being struck by an object falling from a higher elevation. These can include tools or construction materials that are not secured according to safety guidelines. Injuries can be traumatic, particularly if the worker is not properly equipped with a hardhat or other safety equipment.
    • Accidents can be caused by construction equipment, including heavy vehicles like forklifts or dumpsters. These accidents can be a result of employees not being appropriate trained or being handled by unqualified employees. Injuries can also be caused by equipment that is defective.
    • Being run over, crushed, or backed over by large trucks is an all too common occurrence. In many instances this is a result of insufficient or negligent supervision of the construction site.
    • With construction site environments filled with flammable materials, electricity, and other hazardous items, explosions and fires happen often, and particularly when appropriate safety precautions are not put in place.
    • Building collapses and trench collapses occur when workers are inside buildings or construction trenches that are not appropriately secured.

    The fact that construction sites are notoriously danger does not mean that accidents are acceptable or that it is okay for safety measures to be disregarded, neglected, or insufficient, and that type of negligence may be the fault of construction site owners, design professionals including engineers and architects, general contractors and subcontractors who are working on site with you and your employer, and manufacturers and suppliers of machinery, equipment, or materials. The attorneys at Jarve, Kaplan, Granato & Starr, LLC are resourceful, diligent professionals who will carefully examine all aspects of your injury and the way that it occurred to determine where responsibility for your injury lies. We will pursue legal action on your behalf to ensure that you get the compensation that you deserve for the damage that you have suffered.

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