Daily, construction workers face some of the most dangerous and risky work conditions in the country. Despite the fact that most construction workers are trained and know basic safety measures, accidents are still a possibility that warrant extra attention. With the multitude of facets and agencies that are actively working on any construction site, the risks taken every day during regular construction work make it almost impossible for job sites to remain accident-free. From plumbers, electricians, pipe fitters, and welders, while no one wants to be the person that causes a horrendous, sometimes catastrophic scenarios, it happens and someone must be held accountable.
Construction cases in Georgia can involve accidents caused by defective or collapsing scaffolds; electrocutions, falls off of or through roofing; falls from ladders; defective machinery such as forklifts, tractors, conveyors, hoists, cranes; malfunctioning tools and other equipment; and the collapse of floors or walls. Any of these accidents can result in serious injuries or death, and occur thousands of times per year in Georgia, Florida, and across the country. It should be noted that just because a possible scenario is not listed here, it does not meant it is voided; anything could happen at any time, it’s called an accident for a reason.
Accidents can occur at all types of construction sites, from sites where buildings are being constructed to routine road repairs, as a personal injury attorney Atlanta GA worker turn to can attest. A lack of adequate safety equipment or failure to follow safety codes and standard practices can lead to serious injuries or even death. The people or companies responsible for a construction site have a duty to keep them safe for workers and other people who are in or near the construction area. If they do not use the care required to maintain safe conditions, they can be held legally liable for resulting injuries or deaths. This duty does not only include the owners of a construction site; general contractors, subcontractors, and even equipment rental or manufacturing companies can be held responsible for injuries or death caused by their negligence. Each of these parties should have an insurance policy that can be used to compensate the families of victims.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of an on the job accident on a construction site, you may need to reach out to an attorney. By reaching out to an attorney you are contacting a professional who can better articulate your rights and the possibilities of the accident. In contacting an attorney, you are taking the first step to resolving any issue introduced by the accident.
Thanks to contributor Andrew R. Lynch, P.C. for their insight into construction accident cases.
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