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Construction Accidents

Danger Zone: Men at Work

Construction accidents happen all the time in Massachusetts and other states. According to the Bureau of Labor, 10 workers die every day on the job. Nearly 700 people were killed across the U.S. in construction accidents in 2010 alone. Despite modern advances and safety regulations, some builders still never live to see the fruits of their labor. Others are so severely injured they can never work again. In a time when communities can be destroyed and rebuilt overnight, it is easy to forget the dangerous risks that construction workers face each morning. If their injury or death was caused by the negligence of others, these victims may be entitled to compensation.

Construction Site Dangers

From loose nails and shattered glass to falling frames and tools, a construction zone is rife with danger. The foreman and crew must work together to minimize the risk of injury and fatality. Construction accidents often involve:

  • Falls from ladders
  • Collapsing scaffolds
  • Lack of protective gear
  • Electrical and wiring issues
  • Mechanical malfunction
  • Defective tools or equipment
  • Violation of OSHA standards
  • Failure to warn or block off an area
  • Getting caught in or between machinery, and
  • Exposure to hazardous substances

Even if everything is in place, outside factors like weather and traffic may require the team to abandon their original plans and adopt a new protocol to ensure worker safety.

Construction Accidents Are Preventable

The frequency of construction accidents can be explained by dangers inherent to the job: heavy labor, sharp tools, and working at dizzying heights. But most injuries and fatalities are caused by preventable accidents linked to the negligence of other parties. Negligence describes the breach of a legal duty, causing injury to others. Foremen, for example, have a duty to inspect the worksite periodically to check for potential dangers. OSHA regulations require checking tools for safety and replacing machines that are broken. Employers must provide the proper training and eliminate excessive exposure to toxic chemicals. All tools on site must also conform to federal safety standards.

Premises Liability in Construction Accidents

Property owners have a duty to protect invitees from unreasonable harm. This requires eliminating dangerous conditions to prevent injury to construction workers and third parties. A dangerous condition may be anything from improper road diversions to falling plywood. If an area is under construction, access to the site must be properly blocked with cones, wire fencing, and clear warning signs. Trespassers enter the property at their own risk. But if posted detours incorrectly divert traffic into a danger zone or gaping ditch, the owner has clearly breached a legal duty. Similarly, employers and engineers who fail to eliminate or repair dangerous conditions like broken scaffolds, electrical ground plugs, and chemical spills, may also be legally liable to injured workers. A product liability lawyer can help you obtain compensation for your harm.

Construction Fatalities Caused by Product Liability

Many construction accidents involve the same tools and materials that make building more “efficient.” From misfiring nail guns to toxic chemicals, construction workers frequently depend on these products to get the job done. Yet slipping from an uneven ladder or falling from a scaffold happens frequently on construction sites. An electrical or mechanical malfunction is the greatest cause of second and third-degree burns. Workers have lost limbs and been flattened by heavy machinery. Electrocution through ungrounded plugs can even lead to death. When an injury or fatality is caused by a defective product, the negligence of the manufacturer is presumed. That is why the law holds manufacturers “strictly liable” for injuries caused by defective products.

Seek Legal Counsel to Obtain Full Compensation

If you were injured in a construction accident, a hardworking Massachusetts personal injury lawyer can help. Cappetta Law Offices is a full service personal injury firm dedicated to helping victims injured by negligence. During you free initial consultation with Attorney Cappetta, he will thoroughly analyze all the facts and advise you of the best avenues of relief. He has successfully represented numerous clients injured in construction accidents, recovering substantial awards for victims and their families across Massachusetts. With offices in Natick and Framingham, Cappetta Law Offices can maximize your chances of recovery and help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Call (508) 969-9505 today for a free consultation or contact us online.