The term "construction accidents" comprises any accident involving a construction worker or bystander that occurs on a construction site.
Types of Construction Accidents
There are a few types of construction accidents that can occur on a construction site:
Construction Accident Causes
Construction accidents can occur due to a variety of factors:
- Defective equipment
- Unsafe ladders: ladders that are too short or that are not opened all the way can contribute to construction accidents
- Holes in flooring: contribute to falls
- Improperly assembled scaffolding: contributes to falls
- Construction debris: such as tools and materials being left in workflow areas
Construction Accident Claims
If the victim of a construction accident is a bystander, he or she can file a personal injury claim. If the victim is a construction worker, he or she will usually have to file a workers’ compensation claim. The exception to this is when there are multiple contractors on a construction site and a worker is injured due to negligence on the part of another contractor. In this instance, the injured worker may be able file a personal injury claim against the contractor.
Consult a Construction Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has been harmed in a construction accident, you may want to contact a construction accident attorney for more information.