Construction is a massive industry in the United States, one that employs countless workers. Due to the inherently dangerous nature of the job, construction site accidents are, unfortunately, not uncommon. In fact, certain statistics show that as many as one in ten construction workers will suffer some type of on-the-job injury. Often, these injuries are serious and even catastrophic in nature, requiring extensive, ongoing medical treatment. They can prevent an individual from returning to work, either temporarily or permanently. In very severe cases, construction accidents can result in death.
If you were injured in a construction site accident or your loved one was killed as a result of an on-the-job injury, you may be entitled to take legal action. If your employer or another party acted negligently, and this negligence led to your injuries/the death of your loved one, you may file a personal injury claim, seeking compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and other losses.
Contact the San Antonio construction accident attorneys at The Law Offices of Tyler & Peery for a free consultation regarding your construction accident case. Call (210) 774-6445 today.
Common Construction Site Accidents
Construction workers are required to operate heavy machinery and use powerful tools on the job. When safety measures and Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) regulations are not followed, the consequences can be devastating.
Some of the most common types of construction accidents include:
- Falls from heights
- Being hit by falling objects
- Falling from unsafe scaffolding
- Misuse or improper use of power tools
- Crane accidents
- Hit by a vehicle in highway construction zones
- Electric shock
- Fires and explosions
- Defective/faulty tools and equipment
- Boiler accidents
- Collapsed trenches
- Exposure to toxic/harmful substances
- Construction vehicle accidents
- Welding accidents
Construction workers also tend to suffer serious injuries due to repeated, long-term manual labor. Lifting heavy items improperly, failing to follow loading recommendations, and lack of adequate supervision can lead to workers suffering injuries like herniated discs, spinal cord injuries, concussions, and more.
OSHA Violation Claims
Construction firms and companies have an obligation to meet various Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) regulations around their jobsites. When these regulations are not met, workers are unfairly put at a higher risk of being injured on-the-job. If our attorneys can prove that your employer or the company managing your jobsite violated an OSHA regulation that led to your injury, then it can greatly increase their liability.
Some of the most common OSHA violations on construction sites are:
- Scaffolding dangers: The average construction site has scaffolding throughout to allow workers to access higher levels. When scaffolding is constructed poorly or overloaded with equipment and crew, it can collapse.
- Falling hazards: Many construction workers are required to perform work far above the base of a construction site. Proper restraints, guardrails, and more must be used to prevent workers from falling. Whenever there are holes or trenches around a jobsite, adequate covers must be placed on them to stop workers from falling in and getting hurt.
- Lack of hazard communications: One of the best ways to prevent construction site accidents is to make all workers aware of potential dangers. OSHA requires jobsites to put warning signs where necessary, like signage that announces electrical, fire, and toxic exposure dangers.
- No machine guards: Heavy machinery operated manually by a worker should include machine guards, which are often sheets of plexiglass installed to keep fingers, hands, and loose pieces of clothing from being pulled into the machine. Missing or damaged machine guards are a severe yet common OSHA violation.
- Electrical defects: Most construction sites include electrical work as other forms of construction are completed. Appropriate steps need to be taken to protect both employees working on electrical components and those around them. A single mistake or short circuit could prove fatal.
- Lockout/tagout violations: Before maintenance can be done on a piece of industrial machinery, it needs to be shut down, unplugged if possible, tagged for maintenance, and locked with a padlock where able. This process is called “lockout/tagout” and it must be done for even quick repairs that might take less time than the lockout/tagout process.
When Workers’ Compensation Is Not Enough
If you are injured on the job, you will most likely be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. However, in many cases, these benefits are not enough to cover the costs of your injuries, especially if your injuries are particularly extensive or catastrophic in nature. Workers’ compensation benefits also do not typically cover losses like pain and suffering, emotional distress, temporary/permanent disability, and loss of future income.
Who Is Liable for Your Injuries?
Depending on the unique circumstances involved in your accident, there may be a number of liable parties. If your direct supervisor did not provide you with adequate training and you were injured as a result, he or she may be responsible. If your employer made you work on unsafe scaffolding that did not meet OSHA regulations, you may be able to sue your employer for damages.
It is important that you speak with an experienced attorney about your case. At The Law Offices of Tyler & Peery, our legal team has more than 100 years of experience. Our San Antonio construction accident lawyers often collaborate on cases, providing you with the full benefits of this century-plus of experience. We understand how to properly investigate your accident, measure the extent of your losses, determine who is liable, and fight to hold them accountable.
Contact The Law Offices of Tyler & Peery online or call (210) 774-6445 to schedule a complimentary case evaluation with us today.