Thursday, March 26, 2015

Common Site Hazards Can Result in Lawsuits

Construction work is one of the most dangerous occupations. Workers in a construction site are putting their lives at risk every day, given the rough nature of their work. Under the law, companies are to promote safety in their construction sites and are liable for any injuries sustained by their workers due to negligence on their part. Injured workers can get compensation with the help of a reliable construction accident attorney.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has listed down four of the most common injuries sustained in a construction site, which they dubbed as the “Fatal Four.” These four injuries-- falls, electrocutions, struck by object, and caught in/between--account for nearly three out of five workplace injuries. Among the four, falls caused the highest number of construction workers every year (37 percent), and could range from falls due to the collapse of scaffolds to falls to lower levels in partially complete buildings.

However, personal injury lawsuits aren’t limited to these four injuries, and injured workers can still file for compensation even though the injuries sustained weren’t fatal.

With the help of a construction accident attorney you can go after your employer for compensation under the worker’s compensation system. However, you can also file a personal injury lawsuit should you want to sue the manufacturer of faulty equipment, where workers’ compensation don’t apply.

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