Construction accidents occur for a number of different reasons. Faulty equipment could cause the machinery you depend on to fail. Or, design defects could hinder the safety of a project from the start. Construction is one of Oklahoma’s largest industries, and unfortunately, it’s also one of the most high-risk industries in the world.
For every 100,000 construction workers in the United States, approximately 15 will be killed at their job. Hundreds more are seriously injured. Here are some of the factors that could cause accidents on a construction site:
- Scaffolding accidents
- Injury by falling objects
- Crane accidents
- Falls from elevated heights
- Machinery accidents
Construction sites are complex. With cranes carrying material overhead, equipment going back and forth, and workers hurrying around to get the job done on time, there are plenty of places where injury can occur. One misplaced rung in a scaffolding setup can jeopardize the safety of an entire construction site, and unsecured crane packages can leave workers scrambling for cover.
Construction workers depend on both each other and themselves for job site safety. Each construction worker is responsible for the safety of the people around them. When an injury occurs, it’s often because somebody has decided to duck their responsibility. That person may have negligently left a box of loose material near a ledge where it could fall, for example. Or, they might have avoided checking a harness setup before somebody climbed onto scaffolding. There are so many different places where something can go wrong, and construction site safety officers can only monitor so much.
All construction sites make safety a priority. However, some construction sites prioritize safety more than others. And even construction sites with the strictest safety standards can experience an accident. If you believe your construction site has been negligent in enforcing safety standards, then you may be eligible to receive an injury law settlement.
Whether you or a loved one was involved in a serious construction accident, there are always places you can turn for help. Contact Joe Carson today to understand your legal rights after a construction accident. Joe Carson, along with his team of construction accident experts, will inform clients of their rights and determine how justice can best be served. Joe Carson works hard to settle cases outside of the courtroom, but will welcome the need to take a construction accident case to trial if the need arises.