Construction workers face some of the most hazardous workplaces in the country. The rate of fatal injury is higher in the construction business than in any other industry. In fact, one in five worker deaths across all industries is in construction. Carpenters, roofers, electrical workers, and all other construction site workers have a right to a safe workspace and, when they are injured, have a right to be compensated for their injuries.
Workers’ Compensation vs. Negligence
In Pennsylvania, construction workers are covered under their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance when they are injured on the job. Because of this coverage, workers are barred from suing their direct employer for additional damages for work-related injuries. However, subcontractors, trucking companies, and other employers on the site may be responsible for the unsafe conditions that lead to accidents and could be sued by non-employees. To determine who is liable for your construction site injuries, you should contact an experienced workers' compensation attorney at the Accident & Injury Law Group.
Common Construction Site Injuries
In the construction industry, the accidents that happen most frequently are known as the “fatal four.” According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), these accidents are responsible for over half of all construction worker deaths each year:
- Falls. Accounting for nearly 40 percent of construction site fatalities each year, falls from heights can be caused by faulty scaffolding, lack of fall protection, misuse of ladders, and other hazards. Depending on which contractor is responsible for the faulty equipment, an injured worker may be able to pursue a negligence claim.
- Struck by object. Ten percent of fatal construction site accidents are what is known as “struck by object” accidents. This category includes being hit by a vehicle, as well as being struck by walls, I-beams, pipes, objects hanging from cranes, and any other loose object on a jobsite. Unless it is your direct employer who is responsible for the equipment that led to your injury, you may be able to seek damages for your injuries in a struck by object accident.
- Electrocution. Live, unsecured wires are common on a construction site and workers—even those not employed as electricians—can suffer shocks and electrocutions when they come in contact with them. As electrical work is often done by a subcontractor, a worker injured in an electrical accident may be able to sue the subcontractor for negligence.
- Caught in or between. Trenches, cranes, loaders and rollers, power tools, heavy materials, and other construction-site equipment create hazards for construction workers who can get caught in or between these dangerous objects. These accidents are often caused by another worker who is operating the machinery carelessly. That worker and his employer could be held liable for a worker’s injuries.
Construction site injuries can lead to complicated legal situations. Don’t just settle for workers’ compensation benefits from your employer if other parties may be liable for your injuries. Call our experienced attorneys today to see if we can help.
We Will Give Your Case the Attention it Deserves
At the Accident & Injury Law Group, we respect the hard work American construction workers do every day. We believe you deserve a safe workplace, and we are dedicated to getting you the recovery you need after a devastating construction site accident. You do not have to fight this battle alone. When you work with us, an experienced workers' compensation attorney will handle your case from start to finish. We take the time to hear our clients’ stories so that you are never just a case. Don’t waste your time with the big cookie-cutter law firms in town, where you will likely be passed off to a paralegal as soon as you sign a contract. Work with the firm who is proud to watch out for the little guy. No case is too big or too small for us. Don’t let a construction accident injury ruin your life. Call to schedule your free consultation today.