Construction accidents can occur due to a number of factors. These include insufficient training, malfunctions in construction equipment or tools, defects in scaffolding or machinery, inadequate safety policies on-site, slip and fall injuries, and collapsing walls and floors. The general contractor and all subcontractors on a construction site should be required to follow stringent safety standards, including warning all workers of potential hazards, coordinating job safety specifications, and providing sufficient training before allowing workers to use heavy equipment.
However, these precautions cannot completely prevent construction accidents. The results can be devastating and make it hard for construction workers to return to the job. Though construction workers are covered by state workers’’ compensation laws, the compensation provided by workers’’ comp programs can be insufficient and fail to cover the full extent of the injury. Construction workers may also wish to pursue civil litigation against responsible parties, including subcontractors, manufacturers, construction managers, architects, or other parties whose negligence or inadequate safety precautions caused or contributed to a construction accident.
Think you have a construction accident case? Contact the law offices of Jones & Stephens for more information on whether your case could yield compensation above and beyond workers’ compensation.