The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) protects all workers through standards and regulations that are enforced to provide and maintain safe workplace environments. But what about jobs that are notoriously dangerous like welding, construction, and roofing?
A Duty to Maintain Safety
Building and construction companies are not exempt from worker protection laws. If anything, they are required to go to especially great lengths to maintain high safety standards. This can mean installing railings on elevated work sites, requiring employees to complete training sessions on dangerous equipment, and regulating the use of hazardous chemicals and substances.
Supervisors and owners have a duty to remedy hazardous situations and to protect workers from foreseeable accidents. And while workers’ compensation laws prevent injured workers from bringing lawsuits against company owners, you can pursue claims against third-party contractors, careless coworkers, or negligent manufacturers. If you feel your employer was not following safety standards set by OSHA, you can file a complaint with OSHA to investigate compliance.
Construction workers are at risk for a variety of accident types including:
- Occupational diseases, such as mesothelioma (linked to working with asbestos)
- Equipment malfunctions
- Falling tools or equipment
- Defective scaffolding
- Trips and falls due to loose debris
- Slip and falls due to spilled substances
- Careless forklift operation
- Unsafe electrical devices
- Unstable structures
- Faulty equipment
Catastrophic injuries that may result from construction site accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Neck/spinal cord injuries
- Orthopedic injuries
- Spinal disc injuries
Why Hire The Shelnutt Law Firm?
If you are recovering from a severe construction site injury, talk to attorney James Shelnutt of The Shelnutt Law Firm in Gadsden. Our experienced attorney team knows personal injury and defective product laws, and we can educate you on your rights after an accident. Find out if your family is entitled to collect money damages for medical expenses, lost income, disability, pain and suffering, and more.
The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that one of every five workplace fatalities is a construction worker. If you lost a loved on in a construction site accident, you may have a claim for wrongful death.
The experienced legal team at The Shelnutt Law Firm has all the answers you need to fight for compensation after a construction site accident. Let us handle your personal injury claim. Please schedule your free consultation online or by calling 256-547-4988 today.