More people are injured in construction workplace accidents than in any other industry. Almost 4 out of every 100 construction workers are injured or killed each year. In 2013 alone, over 800 workers were killed in work-related construction accidents.
The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 created safety standards for companies to follow, but even when companies hold to OSHA’s standards, accidents still occur.
Construction accidents come in many forms including scaffolding accidents, building collapse, faulty construction machinery, welding accidents, falls, elevator accidents, fork lift accidents, compressor accidents, gas explosions, crane accidents, ladder falls or accidents and many more.
Who Is at Fault?
Because construction sites are full of people and dangerous situations, in construction accidents, the fault can lie with a number of different parties, including:
- Construction company owner. The owner should hold to OSHA’s standards as well as provide safety training to its employees. If the owner has not provided a safe work environment or safety training, they might be at fault.
- Contractor or subcontractor. Both of these roles require proper supervision of the construction site and the employees. If there is a hazard or issue at the site, they must warn employees and provide safe alternatives.
- Architects or engineers. If the building or construction projects contain design flaws or code violations, they may be at fault.
- Construction equipment manufacturers. If the construction equipment is properly used and maintained but malfunctions, causing injury, the manufacturers may be at fault.
How Do I Build a Construction Accident Case?
If you are involved in a construction accident, it is important to gather as much information and evidence as possible. This will help our team of personal injury attorneys determine if you have a strong claim, and build a successful case.
- Receive medical attention for all injuries sustained.
- Report the accident to your supervisor and fill out an injury/accident report. Take note of when you reported the incident, who you spoke to and what happened.
- Take note of people who witnessed the accident and keep their contact information on file in case of need.
- Take photographs, if possible, of the site, your injuries and the equipment related to the incident.
Contact Kaplan & Lukowski, LLP
If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident, you could be facing extensive medical bills, time off at work and other expenses. Talk to an attorney at Kaplan & Lukowski, LLP of Atlanta and make sure you’re receiving reasonable care and compensation.
Our attorneys have over 40 years of combined law experience and will work with you to ensure you receive compensatory damages.
Call us today at (404) 845-0012 or fill out our online contact form for a free consultation.