When Safety Is Compromised At Construction Sites
Cleveland is a booming area with many ongoing construction projects. As a result, we’ve also seen an increase in construction site accidents; many serious and some fatal. These cases are complex and require an experienced lawyer and investigative team. At Friedman Domiano & Smith Co., L.P.A., we’ve recovered millions of dollars for injured workers.
Construction sites and industrial settings can be dangerous places to work. With various contractors and subcontractors on-site, safety measures are sometimes overlooked, especially on heavy construction days.
Regardless of whether it was intentional, the disabling of safety devices can cause serious injury. Employers who are under tight deadlines may also put unreasonable strain on employees.
Frequently Asked Questions About Construction Accidents
If you are considering hiring a construction accident attorney, you may have concerns about contacting a lawyer about your accident. We answer your most frequently asked questions below.
What should I do if I’ve been in a construction accident?
Construction accident cases are sometimes different than workers’ comp claims. If you’re an employee at a construction site, you may have a workers’ compensation claim and a third-party claim against someone who isn’t your employer.
Learn more about what to do if you’ve been in a construction accident.
What are the most common construction site accidents?
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), four types of injuries account for 50% of all construction site injuries:
- Body strikes
- Body crushings
Learn more about the most common construction site accidents.
How do construction accidents happen?
Falls can happen because a construction site lacks safety precautions or safety features such as harnesses, railings and barriers. Electrocutions can come from insufficiently contained circuitry or improperly managed conductors. Heavy machinery operators sometimes fail to see workers around them, which can result in both body strikes and workers being crushed.
While repeat construction accidents in Ohio are teaching us ways to prevent accidents, the fact remains that Ohio outpaces most states in this respect. Whether you’re an employee or simply a passerby, accidents resulting from recklessness, tech failures and carelessness can leave you seriously injured.
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How To Get Help
What To Do If You’ve Been In A Construction Accident
Attorney Jeffrey H. Friedman explains that third-party claims against subcontractors and other companies that are not yours are often a factor in these types of situations in the video below.
Our attorneys have successfully handled cases such as:
- Forklift accidents
- Exposure to hazardous chemicals
- Electrocutions and electrical shock
- Working in violation of medical restrictions
- Errors in truck loading
- Falls from roofs and scaffolding
- Air-quality issues