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Common Construction Accidents

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There are a variety of ways that a construction accident can occur. Whether you are working on site or just a pedestrian passing by. You can get injured from falling debris, falls, electrocutions, explosions or burns, slips and falls, machinery accidents, getting trapped, overexertion, or getting hit by a car. With all these types of accidents it’s important to remember no matter how careful you are things might just happen. We want to be there to help you when you may get injured. No matter if you are a pedestrian passing a construction site or a worker on the job we want to tell you a little bit about what kinds of accidents may occur. 

Pedestrians and Construction Accidents

Pedestrians getting hit by falling debris may seem like a rare accident in fact; once a month on average a passerby is injured by a construction site, ranging from falling bricks, hammers, nails, and glass. Each of these objects can be very destructive when they gain speed as they are falling from the sky. If you or someone you know has been injured in such an incident, it’s essential to consult with a hit and run lawyer for legal guidance. 

There are also issues with pedestrians passing by when there is not proper signage of a construction site ahead. Hazard communication is one of the top OSHA violations that can occur. This is a serious problem when you are walking around and then there isn’t enough warning that there may be possible debris and other hazards.

With different kinds of construction sites there are various types of injuries you can get from falling debris. We want to make sure that all pedestrians are protected when accidents occur. If you ever get injured while you are walking, biking, or running around, or even if you find yourself in a car accident, our car accident lawyer team is here for you.

Employee Construction Accidents

As construction workers we know you are putting your lives at risk almost everyday. Construction workers engage in many activities that may expose them to serious hazards, such as falling from rooftops, unguarded machinery, being struck by heavy construction equipment, electrocutions, silica dust, and asbestos. 

These are the most common types of construction accidents resulting in injuries or deaths, often requiring the expertise of a car accident lawyer, and are classified as the “fatal four.” These common construction site accidents are falls, being struck by an object, electrocution, and getting caught in or between equipment and machines. Here’s a little bit more about the fatal four and the kinds of injuries that may occur:

  1. Falls – Unsafe ladders, hazardous scaffolding equipment, not being properly trained or secure, faulty equipment, or falling and injuring yourself. Falls can lead to serious life-threatening injuries like broken bones, chronic back pain, traumatic head injuries, or other other injuries that may lead to needing ongoing medical attention.
  2. Being Struck – Having items falling from the sky, struck with a nail, glass, or other debris. Being hit with debris can cause injuries that may lead to serious injuries like losing limbs, losing eye site, needing stitches, or other injuries. 
  3. Electrocution – Exposed wires and not proper signage for your workplace. Being electrocuted can lead to serious injuries like serious muscle, nerve, and tissue destruction,  serious burns, or causing an untimely death. 
  4. Getting Caught – Becoming trapped between equipment and machines. Getting trapped between equipment can kill workers or cause serious injuries. 

We know there can be a lot of headache when dealing with an injury or an untimely death. For workers who have been injured on the job, please reach out to us to see what we can do to help you. A qualified attorney can help injured workers receive whatever compensation they may deserve and such compensation can go a long way towards easing the financial burden that often arises during a victim’s recovery period. At Cochran Firm Philadelphia we are dedicated to helping you.

Staying Safe

We encourage everyone to try and stay safe while they are working or walking around construction sites. While walking around make sure to keep track of your surroundings and check for any construction hazard communication so that you can stay safe.

While most such construction accidents are entirely avoidable, safety violations can lead to workers and other people being placed in harm’s way. The top ten violations are:

  1. Fall Protection, General Requirements
  2. Hazard Communication
  3. Scaffolding
  4. Lockout and Tagout
  5. Respiratory Protection
  6. Ladders
  7. Powered Industrial Trucks
  8. Fall Protection, Training Requirements
  9. Machine Guarding
  10. Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment, Eye and Face Protection

Make sure when you sign up to work construction somewhere that they are offering training and the proper equipment for a safe work environment. You can even confirm with the OSHA guidelines to see what kinds of violations may be around you. If there are any of these violations at your workplace take action immediately. Every worker should be safe and protected while at work.

Contact Us Today

During this time, The Cochran Firm Philadelphia is continuing to take our own precautionary measures amidst COVID-19, but do not fear – we are still here for you. If you or a loved one needs us this holiday season, we will work with you virtually and waste no time. We will review your case and proceed if we feel we can obtain a favorable outcome, while keeping the health and wellbeing of everyone a priority. We will ensure your case remains on track and keep you in the loop throughout the entire process. 

The attorneys at our Philadelphia office have secured numerous multimillion-dollar awards for victims of serious injury and many have even been recognized as Super Lawyers for their personal injury successes. 

When you are the victim of serious injury or illness, you deserve someone on your side who is both intimately familiar with state and federal laws, and fully devoted to helping you get maximum compensation. Call us today to schedule your FREE case evaluation at 1-800-THE-FIRM.