Construction is one of the most important and essential jobs in any economy. Though it is one of the most critical professions, construction work is also one of the most dangerous. Because construction workers operate from heights and use heavy machinery and equipment, there is the potential for serious injuries and even fatalities.
While there are a number of different types of accidents that do occur at construction sites, some types of accidents are more common than others. If you have been injured in a construction accident, it would be in your best interest to contact an experienced construction accident lawyer in Los Angeles who can help protect your rights and assist you with securing fair compensation for your losses.
Key Points - Table of Contents
- Types of Construction Site Accidents
- Compensation for Construction Accidents
- How a Construction Accident Lawyer Can Help
Types of Construction Site Accidents
Here are some of the most common types of construction accidents:
Falls from Heights
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), falls are the leading cause of death in construction. In 2020, there were 351 fatal falls to a lower level out of 1,008 construction fatalities. Falls occur when workers fall from ladders, scaffolding, roofs, etc. The severity of injuries from a fall depends on the elevation from which the worker falls. These deaths are preventable when workers are provided fall safety devices such as harnesses.
A lot of machinery and equipment used in construction sites can be extremely dangerous. Construction workers must be properly trained to operate tools, machinery and equipment and also receive personal protective equipment such as goggles, helmets, hearing protection, steel-toed boots, etc. Unfortunately, there are accidents involving machinery and equipment that occur even when workers receive job and safety training. Some accidents involving machinery occur because safety protocols are not followed or because machines and equipment are not properly maintained. There are also cases where an inherent defect in the machinery could cause a major injury accident.
Demolition work frequently occurs on construction sites, which could place workers in grave danger. Construction workers involved in demolition work should be provided with safety equipment and proper training to mitigate these risks. The hazards of demolition work can be controlled and eliminated with proper site planning, the right personal protective equipment, necessary training and compliance with standards set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Slip-and-fall accidents and trip-and-fall accidents are among the most common causes of injuries on construction sites. Debris, defects and gaps in flooring as well as poor lighting, broken stairs or slick floors can all contribute to serious injuries including broken bones, soft tissue injuries, back and neck injuries and head injuries. In some cases, these types of accidents may also result in death.
Construction Site Vehicle Accidents
In California, a significant amount of construction also occurs on streets and highways. Workers in these construction sites could be injured by negligent drivers who crash into the worksites or suffer injuries caused by vehicles that are used for the construction project. In such cases, in addition to seeking workers' compensation, injured workers may also be able to seek compensation from third parties responsible for their injuries such as at-fault drivers.
There are numerous conditions on construction sites that could potentially cause fires and explosions. Examples of dangerous situations that could cause fires and explosions in construction sites include gas leaks, electrical issues and improper handling of other flammable materials. Fires or explosions in worksites could cause major injuries such as burns, smoke inhalation, scarring, disfigurement and even death. Depending on the facts and circumstances of the incident, a number of third parties could be held liable for these types of accidents including a sub-contractor, engineer, property owner or manufacturer of a defective product.
Using cranes often cannot be avoided in construction sites, particularly in large-scale projects. There are a number of reasons crane accidents occur including improper crane setup, use of the crane outside the manufacturer's specifications, cranes coming into contact with power lines and failure to follow the proper safety standards.
Trench collapse accidents can be deadly. It only takes a few seconds for workers to become buried under thousands of pounds of soil. Trench hazards can be controlled when employers act responsibly, train employees and follow federal standards. Construction companies and contractors must ensure there is a safe way for workers to enter and exit the trench. Materials should be kept away from the edge of the trench.
Compensation for Construction Accidents
If you have suffered injuries related to a construction site accident, the effects could be devastating for you and your family. If a third party's negligence caused your injury, you can file a third party lawsuit against the at-fault individual or entity in addition to seeking workers' compensation benefits. You may be entitled to receive compensation for unreimbursed medical expenses, lost income, loss of earning potential, permanent injuries, loss of consortium and past and future pain and suffering. If you have lost a loved one in a construction site accident, the estate of the deceased may be entitled to commence a wrongful death action.
How a Construction Accident Lawyer Can Help
The experienced Los Angeles construction accident lawyers at Greenberg and Ruby Injury Attorneys, APC have a long and successful track record of helping injured construction accident victims and their families secure maximum compensation for their losses. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means we don't change any fees unless you receive compensation. If you would like to learn how to file a construction injury claim, call us to schedule your free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.