Essex County Construction Accident Lawyer
The construction industry is responsible for performing a wide range of undertakings, from residential and commercial construction, to bridge erections, demolitions, excavations, roadway paving and much more. Many jobs within the construction industry are hazardous by nature, and place workers at risk daily. Close to 5,000 U.S. construction workers are killed in workplace accidents each year. This represents more than 20 percent of all work-related injuries. This from an industry that is makes up merely six percent of the U.S. workforce. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) is the federal agency tasked with safety oversight of the construction industry. When injured on the job, employees typically turn to workers’ compensation coverage, but with construction work, third parties are often liable as well.
Common Accidents and Contributing Factors
Construction workers, like workers in other industries, are entitled to a safe workplace. Unfortunately, construction sites are inherently dangerous, and without strict adherence to applicable laws and regulations, accidents, injuries and fatalities are unavoidable. Construction workers regularly perform their job duties at elevated heights. They are required to work on scaffolding and handle dangerous equipment. Their work environment is usually loud and messy, and the work itself is physically taxing. All of these factors contribute to a job that is fraught with potential peril. Workers are frequently injured in a number of ways. Some common construction accidents include the following.
- Impact Accidents/Injuries
- Crush Injuries
- Collapsed scaffolds
- Electric Shock
- Collapsed Trenches
- Collapsed Flooring/Structural Accidents
- Crane Accidents
- Defective Equipment
Safeguards that can help prevent construction site accidents are better safety education and aggressive enforcement of safety protocols on every job.
Responsible or Liable Parties
When a worker has been injured on a construction site, there may be more than one party responsible for the injuries and the treatment and compensation due to the worker and his family.
- Employers/Workers’ Compensation Insurers – most commonly, work-related injuries that require medical treatment are covered under workers’ compensation insurance. The injured worker will obtain medical care for his injuries and wage replacement payments under the benefits provided by the New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Act.
- Premises Owners – under certain circumstances, an injured construction worker may be able to pursue a personal injury claim against the owner of the construction site under a premises liability theory.
- Third-Party Contractors – general contractors, subcontractors and other third-party contractors are responsible for ensuring that their work is reasonably safe and performed in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.
- Equipment Manufacturers – defective, faulty and damaged machinery, equipment and tools can render manufacturers liable for the damage they cause to construction workers under product liability law.
- Engineers & Architects – these individuals may be responsible if their plans and designs are found to be be defective or deficient.
Construction accidents can be serious and the damages sustained by workers can be catastrophic. These are complex claims which will benefit from the assistance of an experienced construction accident lawyer.