At Cutter Law, we specialize in workplace injury and complex civil cases resulting from onsite and construction accidents. If you have been injured as a result of your employer's negligence or recklessness, our expert team of attorneys will work to ensure you every penny that you deserve.
Construction is demanding. The work requires strength and stamina, and also involves heavy equipment and tools that can cause injury if mishandled (such as cranes, lifts, power drills, trucks, drill rigs, table saws). On top of these stresses, workers may perform work a few feet off the ground, on ladders, or a few hundred feet, on scaffolding or rigging.
In addition to making for a tough and thankless job, these demands entail significant risks for workers. On-the-job injuries are, as one might expect, common in such a physically challenging line of work. . Sometimes, a construction worker gets hurt on the job. Sometimes, a construction worker dies.
Just because an injury was not supposed to happen does not mean that it is a simple "accident" though. Where employers have endangered their employees, such injuries are wrongful, not accidental, and their victims deserve to be compensated. If you feel you have been wrongfully injured, you may need the help of a construction accident lawyer, who can help you in understanding what safety violations to look for.
Significant sources of such wrongful injuries to construction workers come from ironworking, electricity, and heavy machinery, though others exist as well.
Ironworkers, construction specialists who spend their days working at great heights while handling heavy equipment and tools, are frequently victim to falls and falling objects, among other common construction accidents. Where employers can prevent such spills and dropped objects through proper harnesses, gear, rigging, training, and safety precautions, they are responsible for the resulting harms.
Construction work entails working in proximity to thousands of volts. Electricity courses through powerlines, tools that use power, and can even come unexpectedly from machines with the ability to conduct energy from live or faulty wires.
Many of these accidents are preventable through proper safety, training, and equipment maintenance. But if employers could have taken reasonable, and required, safety precautions to protect workers from shocks, burns, and electrocutions - and they did not - then they should be accountable for the injury.
Heavy Machinery Injuries
Construction work frequently involves working on, or around, large, heavy, and incredibly powerful pieces of machinery, such as cranes, forklifts, ATVs, bulldozers, and other crawler-type vehicles. Online voyeurs and trolls may post and laugh at photos of crane accidents, forklift crashes, and other construction vehicle "fails," but such vehicle failures can inflict devastating injuries on workers.
Where such accidents are a result of employer failure to maintain vehicles safely, provide proper training or evaluation, or otherwise advise improper use of heavy machinery, such the responsibility for such construction is on their negligent and reckless acts.
Other Construction Injuries
While the categories here describe a significant number of construction injuries, it would take more time than you have time to read to discuss all of the varied risks and injuries which construction workers confront on a regular basis.
If you have been injured in any other type of construction accident, our team can still provide the guidance and expertise you need. Discuss your case with a member of our personal injury team today for a free consult, by calling us at 888-285-3333 or reaching out to us online.
What Should I Do If I, Or a Co-Worker, Get Injured?
First, ensure your immediate health and safety, and seek medical attention as soon as possible. If you require emergency medical care, call 911. Even if the injuries do not require immediate attention, be sure to inform the onsite foreman or supervisor - who may recommend medical treatment.
Take pictures of the scene and the injury. Get contact information of any person who saw the accident. Be sure to keep detailed notes of the event and keep all receipts or invoices for medical care, medical supplies, or even any over-the-counter supplies you purchase for your injuries.
Not Injured, but Concerned About Construction Site Safety?
After celebrating 100,000,000 injury-free man hours, an Antioch, CA construction manager credited their success to creating a "culture of safety," with attention to "cleanliness" and a weekly "job hazard analysis" of what injuries might arise from the next set of jobs, and how to avoid them. This advice is a must read for any safety-minded site management, and good tips for any worker.
You can also report site safety concerns about a jobsite by filing a complaint with the Division of Occupational Safety and Health. Unless you opt to have your name disclosed, your confidentiality is fully guaranteed when you file a complaint.
Injured? Contact Our Team of Construction Accident Lawyers Now
If you were working at the time of the incident, you may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. And if you were walking by - or visiting - the site and were injured, you may be able to be repaid for your pain, suffering, disability, medical expenses, and lost wages.
Talk to a member of our construction injury team today for a free consultation by calling us at 888-285-3333, or reaching out to us online.