Improper Site Design and Inspection
Written by Faith Anderson on July 30, 2013
The construction industry is inherently dangerous, due in most part to the everyday use of heavy machinery, excavations and trenches on construction sites, and the use of scaffolding and ladders, which allow workers to reach the highest levels possible. Because of these natural workplace hazards, it is imperative that construction company owners, employers and supervisors do everything in their power to protect the safety of their workers on construction sites, especially when it comes to setting up and inspecting construction sites. Improper site design and inspection on construction sites has the potential to result in catastrophic construction accidents, which can lead to serious injury and tragic loss of life. If you were injured in a construction accident due to improper site design or inspection, contact a construction accident attorney for legal help.
Adverse Effects of Improper Site Design and Inspection
Regardless of how large or small a construction site is, construction workers face hazards on a daily basis. Unfortunately, many of these hazards are made more prevalent by the failure of employers and supervisors to provide a safe working environment, which they are required to do by law. In an effort to prevent workplace accidents and injuries, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has established a number of federal safety regulations for construction employers to enforce on the job site. One of the most important things repeated throughout OSHA’s guidelines is the necessity for construction sites to be properly designed and regularly inspected.
Injuries Caused by Improper Site Design and Inspection
Because of the diverse nature of construction accidents that could be caused by improper site design and inspection, the type of possible workplace injuries are equally diverse. Examples of injuries that could be caused by improper construction site design or inspection include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Head and neck injury
- Back injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Broken bones/fractures
- Burns from explosions
- Electrocution/electrical burns
- Wrongful death
Workers’ Compensation Benefits and Third-Party Liability Claims
Because construction workers are entitled to a safe working environment, any worker who is injured as a result of an employer or supervisor’s failure to do so may be eligible for benefits under his or her state’s workers’ compensation laws. Workers’ compensation provides medical benefits for employees who are injured in workplace accidents, and also provides death benefits for the families of workers who are killed in construction accidents. Injured workers may be eligible for additional compensation by filing a third-party liability claim, if the injury was caused by a third party not employed by the worker’s employer.
Contact a Construction Accident Attorney for Legal Help
Workplace injuries, especially those resulting from construction accidents, can significantly alter a construction worker’s quality of life, possibly leading to temporary or permanent disability, devastating loss of income, and sometimes even wrongful death. If you were injured in a construction accident caused by improper site design or inspection, or if you lost a loved one in such an accident, contact a construction accident attorney to discuss your legal options. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your medical bills and lost wages, which you can pursue by filing a workers’ compensation claim and/or a third-party liability claim, if applicable. With the help of a qualified construction accident lawyer, workers who have sustained on-the-job injuries can protect their legal rights and seek fair and timely reimbursement for their injuries.