Beware of Falling Debris
Even experienced construction workers lose their balance or grip, and yet, one of the most overlooked, and most dangerous, safety hazards at any construction site is falling debris. Construction material and equipment, and, as gruesome as it sounds, even construction workers, can fall several stories onto unsuspecting construction workers below. To that end, everyone on the construction site plays an integral role in preventing injuries from falls or falling debris.
Contractors must identify all the potential hazards and, to the best of their ability, eliminate them. Contractors must further ensure that all construction workers are properly trained to go about their assigned tasks. Construction workers, on the other hand, are responsible for adhering to all safety policies and procedures and using all of the construction equipment safely and properly.
Standard industry practice is to include a catch platform at every level of construction above two stories to catch falling debris before it reaches the workers below. Additionally, all workers six (6) or more feet off the ground must be enclosed by walls or a guardrail system, or must have immediately below them a safety net system, or must wear a personal fall arrest system. When these standard practices aren’t followed properly, unsuspecting workers on the ground can suffer catastrophic injuries, including:
- Severed limbs
- Brain damage
- Paralysis and other spinal cord injuries
- Crushed or broken bones
- Nerve damage
- Torn ligaments or tendons
- Head injuries
- Burn injuries
- Severe wounds and lacerations
- Dislocated joints
- Loss of vision
- Loss of hearing
- So much more
Those Injured in Construction Accidents May Have Multiple Claims
Depending on the specific facts of the accident, those injured in a Construction Accident may have claims against multiple defendants, including their employer (workers’ compensation claim), other contractors on the construction site, the manufacturers and distributors of the equipment or material that caused the injury, and many more.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a construction accident, you may be entitled to compensation for past, present, and future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and much, much more.
Our goal is not just to secure compensation for your immediate needs, but to ensure that your future needs are protected as well.
For examples of our success in construction accident cases, please visit our Notable Victories page.
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