Due to the inherent dangers of construction work, both workers and innocent bystanders risk being injured as a result of construction site accidents on a daily basis. In fact, construction sites are among the most dangerous places to work.
Construction workers are particularly subject to a high level of risk due to the dangers of the work site and the potentially dangerous tasks required of them, such as operating large machinery, using power tools, lifting heavy objects, and performing various job duties at elevated heights. Proper safety practices, training, and protocol; however, can greatly reduce a construction worker or bystander’s risk of sustaining injury.
Common Causes of Construction Accidents
There are countless ways for even the most safety-conscious worker to sustain serious injuries at a construction site. Studies show that the top four causes of construction accidents, commonly referred to as the “fatal four” by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration or OSHA, include the following:
These four common causes of construction site accidents comprise approximately 56 percent of fatalities among construction workers each year. By eliminating these “fatal four”, OSHA estimates that roughly 435 workers’ lives would be saved throughout the country on an annual basis.
Other common causes of construction accidents include:
Liability in Construction Accidents
In the event of a construction accident, partial or full responsibility for the personal injuries sustained by the injured worker or bystander may be attributed to one or more negligent parties. These parties potentially include:
- Contractors or sub-contractors
When determining liability for construction accident injuries and fatalities, it helps greatly to understand the responsibilities of each party at the site. Construction equipment manufacturers, for instance, are responsible for designing and maintaining safe products. The general contractor and subcontractors, on the other hand, are required to provide appropriate safety provisions to ensure that a reasonably safe work environment is maintained.
Protect Your Rights
When a construction accident occurs as a result of someone’s negligence, the negligent party may be held liable for the victim’s injuries. If you are a construction worker or innocent bystander who has sustained personal injury in a construction accident, you must prove your case against the liable party in order to receive economic recovery for your injuries and losses. For information concerning the type of damages recoverable in a personal injury lawsuit, see Rogers Law Blog: Damages Recoverable in a Texas Personal Injury Lawsuit.
In order to prove your case and receive fair compensation for your injuries and damages, it would be best to seek help from an experienced Corpus Christi construction accident attorney who is knowledgeable of federal and state regulations governing construction sites to ensure that your rights are protected.
Rogers Law Firm is readily available to represent individuals who have sustained serious personal injury as a result of construction and workplace accidents in Corpus Christi and throughout all of South Texas. We can help you understand your legal rights and determine the best course of action to take. For expert legal assistance with your case, contact Corpus Christi construction accident lawyer Sheadyn R. Rogers today at (361) 356-6067 for a free consultation concerning your case.