Causes of Construction Accidents

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According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), construction is the industry with the highest fatality rate. With roughly 6.5 million workers at about 252,000 different sites a day, there are hundreds of fatalities and hundreds of thousands of injuries annually. Perhaps even more tragic is that most of these accidents are preventable. If you or a loved one has been in a construction accident, someone may be at fault for your accident, and you may be entitled to compensation. Even pedestrians can suffer from inadequate safety precautions at a construction site. A Queens construction accident lawyer can help you ascertain who is at fault, and then negotiate for you to receive the settlement you fully deserve.

According to OSHA, the most dangerous construction accidents are the "Fatal Four:" falls, electrocution, being struck by an object, or caught-in/between. These are responsible for nearly three out of every five fatalities in the industry. Safety standards are in place to prevent these, but often there is a violation of these standards, by a worker, employer, or manufacturer, that can lead to a disaster.

Sources of Common Construction Accidents

If a scaffold is improperly erected, this can lead to devastating falls. There must be guardrails, midrails, and toeboards in place to protect against slipping and falling. If the structure is faulty, planks can snap or tip, causing a fall. The material used in a scaffold must be free from flaws, and able to handle its expected weight capacity. The location of scaffolds is also important, as they must be at a minimum ten foot distance from power lines. It is someone's responsibility to ensure that scaffolds are clear of debris, and do not have any loose objects (including items such as boxes, concrete blocks, or loose bricks) lying around. Falling objects can strike workers and pedestrians alike, causing horrible head injuries.

Cranes must also not exceed weight capacity and must be kept in good working order. Crane collapse can be due to failure on the manufacturer's part. Other crane accidents can be blamed on supervisors or employers, for example, who failed to properly inspect the equipment prior to using it. Ladders must also be inspected, for bent rails, flaws in the material, and to ensure that weight load regulations are strictly adhered to. Supervisors must make sure that trenches have sufficient protection as well. Trenches must have sloping adequate for their depths, and also require proper shoring and shielding. Exits, such as a ladder, ramp, or stairway, must be accessible at least every 25 feet.

Forklifts must be operated properly, and only qualified drivers should use them. There are regulations against any manner of horseplay, and the forklift should never go faster than five miles per hour. Rollover protective structures must be in place, and the signal alarm must be working and loud enough. In a forklift accident, the operator, the supervisor, and/or manufacturer may be to blame. Others may be at fault for in instances such as welding accidents, leaks or faulty equipment that lead to gas explosions, as well as any electrical injuries due to run ins with power lines or exposed wiring.

Compassionate Queens Construction Accident Attorney

In most cases, construction accidents are due to error or negligence on the part of a supervisor, employer, or a reckless worker that may put others in jeopardy by violating regulations. A manufacturer may be also be at fault for defective machinery. Whatever the cause, a dedicated construction accident lawyer from our firm can help to prove others' liability.

You should not have to pay for someone else's irresponsibility. We can fight tenaciously to strive towards achieving the maximum settlement that you are owed. At the Law Offices of Gary E. Rosenberg, you can find the caring and steadfast representation you deserve.

Do not hesitate to contact us with questions or to find out how we can help you. Your personal injury or wrongful death claim can expire, due to statute of limitations, so act immediately!

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