Falling Objects Common: A Cause of Construction Accidents
By Norman Younker on February 17, 2016
With heavy equipment, high scaffolds, and electrical wiring, there are many serious risks on any construction site. Falling objects are one of the most frequent causes of serious construction accidents. In fact, the US Department of Labor reports that in 2014, 73 workers were killed after being struck by a falling object. The number of injuries is even greater. In addition, falling objects are not only a danger to construction workers. They can also harm pedestrians who are simply passing by.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident, the attorneys at Younker Hyde Macfarlane are ready to help. We will evaluate every aspect of your injury claim to determine who was at fault. Then we will fight for the full amount of compensation you deserve. To learn more about construction accidents and falling objects, contact our Salt Lake City, UT practice today.
How Do Falling Objects Pose a Danger on Construction Sites?
Workers and supervisors at every construction site should follow specific safety protocol. If they do not meet these requirements, serious injuries can occur. The following scenarios are common reasons for construction site accidents:
- There are no signs warning pedestrians about a nearby construction site.
- There is not enough space between a construction site and a pedestrian walkway.
- Workers do not carry tools in their belts or tool boxes.
- Equipment is not secured down.
- Workers are not wearing safety helmets.
Who Is Legally Responsible for a Construction Site Accident?
Because there are so many parties involved on any construction site, it can be complicated to determine who was at fault for an accident. In some cases, more than one party may share legal responsibility. Typically, the general contractor on any construction project will delegate work to subcontractors. Individual contracts will outline exactly who is responsible for worker and bystander safety. Therefore, if you were injured while a subcontractor was in charge of a site, he or she may be held liable for negligence. However, in most cases, the general contractor is still responsible for overall safety. As a result, he or she may share liability with the subcontractor.
In some construction accident cases, the landowner can share legal liability. However, if your injury was the result of a falling object, the landowner typically cannot be held responsible.
Why Choose Younker Hyde Macfarlane for Your Personal Injury Claim?
Construction accident cases are rarely simple. Your attorney should have a good understanding of contract law. He or she should also have a knowledge of medicine and access to qualified medical expert witnesses. The attorneys at Younker Hyde Macfarlane focus completely on personal injury, and entire branch of our practice is dedicated to construction site accidents. With this experience, we can provide hard-hitting legal representation. At the same time, we will treat you with the respect and compassion that you deserve.
Contact Us for a Case Evaluation
If you have been injured by a falling object on a construction site, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Contact our firm today for more information.
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