Why do the most dangerous and common workplace accidents occur at construction sites?
Hi there, folks, and welcome back to Hammer TV. I’m Bill Adler and today we’re presenting the next installation of our series on FAQs about personal injury law. In our law practice, some of the most seriously injured clients were hurt while working on construction sites. So today the question is: why do the most dangerous and common workplace accidents occur on construction sites? So let’s dive right in.
Injuries from construction sites are unfortunately very common in the world of personal injury law. There are several reasons for this.
First, there are more opportunities for a serious accident to occur. Construction zones are filled with hazards: falls from inadequate scaffolding, crush injuries from heavy equipment, burns from welding, electrocution from live wires, and many others. Safety must be exercised at all times, and unfortunately, it can take only a moment’s inattention to cause an accident.
Second, when accidents at a construction site do occur, they are often more serious. Some of this is simple physics: a fall out of a defective office chair has less injury potential than two tons of falling steel. Construction workers are also much more physically active for a living, so an injury can affect them more seriously: a lawyer with a broken foot can still practice law without a major interruption, but a construction worker with a broken foot may miss days or weeks of work while they recover.
Third, construction sites can also be places where clear communication is difficult. In addition to the physically loud sounds of saws and drills that can drown out a shouted warning, construction sites often have many different subcontractors and teams all working on one project together. This can result in confusion about the chain of command and who is responsible for what safety protocols. In such a high-risk environment, it only takes one person being negligent for an accident to occur. Site safety is only as strong as the weakest link and construction sites are inherently dangerous places already.
Obviously, there are a lot of potential dangers present when folks are working on construction sites and we unfortunately have many clients who have been severely injured as a result of these hazards. In these cases, it is important to have a lawyer on your side with lots of experience in this area of the law. If you have questions about the information in this video or would like to discuss your case with us, feel free to get in touch with us at Jim Adler and Associates via the contact form at jimadler.com or by calling us at 1-800-567-7575.