The Most Common Types of Construction Accidents
Without a doubt, construction sites are some of the most dangerous workplaces in the U.S. Any New Jersey construction accident attorney can tell you that there are some common types of construction accidents that take place, some of which are related to scaffolding, the use of cranes or other machinery, and even electrocution. Federal law and industry standards set basic safety rules, particularly for construction sites, including the wearing of protective gear and the regulation of exposure to harmful chemicals. When those rules are broken, needless injury and death result.
On a daily basis, scaffolding is constructed and used at worksites all over the state of New Jersey as a way of helping laborers do work up high. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has safety standards that control how scaffolds are to be used, designed, and made in order to ensure worker protection on and around scaffolds. Still, scaffold accidents continue to occur and injure many workers each year because contractors sidestep the rules.
Additionally, cranes, which are used frequently at construction sites, provide a means of lifting and lowering heavy objects, including iron, timber, steel, and other construction materials. In order to properly operate a crane, it will require extensive training and knowledge of standard safe operating procedures in order to lower the risk of unnecessary injury. OSHA has specific crane safety rules which must be followed.
Another type of accident that can occur on construction sites is electrocution. These types of accidents can take place in seconds and can cause injuries and health problems that will affect a person for the rest of his or her life, such as minor to severe burns, nerve damage, neurological effects, loss of consciousness, heart failure, and even death. It should be noted that electrical injuries often result from the direct negligence of a site owner, architect, contractor, or other employer that has not followed the standard safety rules.
If a construction accident was caused by careless or negligent behavior, the injured party has the right to hold the responsible parties legally liable for resulting damages and compensation can be sought for that person’s medical bills, lost wages and other monetary costs related to the injury. If you or a loved one has been involved in a construction-related accident and you need the assistance of a New Jersey construction accident attorney, please call the Clark Law Firm, PC at (877) 841-8855 for a free consultation.