Construction accidents can be prevented by implementing, monitoring, and enforcing a variety of safety precautions. Because construction sites are notoriously dangerous workplaces, the staff should be extensively trained in how construction accidents can be prevented.
Failure to do so can result in injury and leave the construction company, site owner, or employer open to a lawsuit.
Ideal Safety Precautions for Construction Sites
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recognizes the danger involved in construction site employment. In 2019, they released a report citing construction sites as being responsible for one out of every five workplace injuries.
Due to the inherent dangers, site managers and construction companies are to implement a set of precautionary measures.
Ways to Prevent Construction Accidents
Everyone’s safety should be the number one priority on a construction site. Some of the ways employers and contractors can enforce this are below:
- Offering and mandating safety training for all employees – these training sessions should review safety standards, job-specific hazards, and health and safety policies
- Prohibiting employees from operating equipment they’re not qualified or trained to use
- Providing and requiring all employees to wear protective gear (including a hard hat, high-visibility clothing, eye protection, gloves, work boots, etc.)
- Keeping work areas clean and free of potentially dangerous debris
- Maintaining tools and equipment to ensure everything is in working order before using them
- Implementing and adhering to regular inspection schedules
- Mandating every employee to take regular breaks to prevent fatigue
If one or more of these measures were neglected and this negligence contributed to or caused your injury or illness, you may be entitled to bring a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against any number of parties.
An attorney with our firm can review your case, identify neglected safety precautions, and pinpoint liable parties. From there, they can guide you in pursuing legal action.
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Protect Yourself After a Construction Site Injury
Employers and construction site owners are required to stay up to date on how construction accidents can be prevented.
Failure to adhere to generally accepted and understood procedures is an act of negligence. The responsible party should be held accountable for their actions and the impact that these actions have had on your life or the life of your family.
Steps to Take After a Construction Accident
Taking the following steps will be great evidence when you are pursuing your construction accident case:
- Report your injury to your supervisor for documentation.
- Take photos of the worksite scene to prove unsanitary conditions. Employers will often act quickly to clean up any unsafe elements once an injury has been reported. If you’re unable to take photos, video surveillance and witness testimony can work as evidence, as well.
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible, even if your injuries seem minor in nature. Not only is your well-being of paramount importance, but medical documentation will prove critical as you build your case.
- Collect all receipts related to treatment and day-to-day expenses.
- Do not make statements (written or verbal) to insurance companies or sign any documentation without having an attorney review it ahead of time.
- Consult a construction accident attorney on our team to review your case and guide you in moving forward.
Damages You Can Recover
The list below is not exhaustive. You may be eligible for damages you may not know about yet. Some common construction accident losses are:
- Medical expenses: This involves doctor and emergency room visits, surgical procedures and hospital stays, medications, rehabilitation services, and more.
- Lost income: These can include past and present lost wages, as well as any reduction in earning capacity if you are unable to return to work in the same capacity as prior to the accident.
- Pain and suffering: You can recover all your non-economic damages related to your injury and its impact on your life, such as mental anguish, depression, anxiety, trauma, loss of enjoyment of life, and more.
- Out-of-pocket expenses: These cover any costs associated with the day-to-day recovery from your injury or illness, including the cost of transportation to and from medical appointments, in-home care, home and vehicle adaptations, and more.
- Wrongful death benefits: If you lost your loved one in a construction accident, you can recover funeral and burial costs, loss of companionship and guardianship, loss of inheritance, pain and suffering of both you and your loved one, and more.
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We believe everyone deserves legal representation, and serve over 7,000 clients across the state annually. Don’t risk losing out on the compensation you need and deserve. Reach out to us at (877) 239-4878 to call in the Strong Arm to fight for your family.