Whether you are working on small residential construction projects or large commercial ones, chances are you might get into a construction accident sooner or later. If you do not have the appropriate safety or gear is not given any, those chances will increase exponentially.
Job safety standards and regular inspections should be in place to reduce those chances but if they are not and you get injured, you can file a personal injury claim against your employers.
Who is Responsible?
If you are injured in a construction accident on the job, the site owner might be held responsible for failing to take measures to prevent it. The guilty parties can also include contractors, sub contractors, general contractors and others who are in charge of supervising work on site. The degree of control they have over the work usually determines the actual guilty party along with the type of work that is being conducted.
According to OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) whether they are contractors or sub contractors, supervisors have to ensure their workers have everything they need to remain safe on the job. This includes implementing, pushing safety regulations and providing appropriate safety gear and proper labeling instructions that can aid them in operating heavy machinery safely.
They are legally liable to take such action and should remain on their toes to ensure safety is not compromised on site in any way. This includes hiring competent employees and ensuring they know these regulations as soon as they are hired. Prime contractors are responsible for delegating responsibilities along with maintaining work quality, their role in possible injuries is obvious.
Besides contractors, product manufacturers are also liable for injuries anyone gets from the products they make. For example, if you are injured because of a defective construction machine or equipment, you can sue them by holding them responsible for it. This is perfectly understandable if you think about it.
Even if you are a veteran at using machinery or equipment on a construction site, you have no way of knowing whether the one you use might not injure you if it is faulty. That is the manufacturer’s responsibility which is why they can be held liable if this happens.
Despite these precautions, constriction accidents are part and parcel of residential and commercial projects because of the nature of the work itself. However, if accidents happen due to third party negligence then you can document your case and hire an attorney to fight it for you. The information you collect will be tantamount when it comes to assisting with the legal procedure and ensuring you are compensated for the pain and lost wages you suffered from post accident.
Construction Accident? Call Attorney Javier Marcos
Attorney Javier Marcos can help you on a construction accident and more. Call for a free consultation by dialing 713.999.4444 and we will defend your rights to your case. The consultation is free, there is no payment unless we win, call 24 hours and we go to you. A construction accident is more common than you think and should you suffer one, you know who to call to be in your corner.