Pittsburgh Construction Accident Lawyer
Construction sites are packed with heavy machinery and dangerous equipment. Construction workers are at an increased risk of injury if they or their colleagues are not careful. If you or someone you love was injured on a construction accident, whether as a worker or a bystander in West Virginia, Western Pennsylvania, or Eastern Ohio, you can seek legal help from an experienced
Types of Construction Accidents
Construction workers, including carpenters, laborers, plumbers, welders, heavy machine operators, electricians and others, face some of the most dangerous conditions. Some of the common types of construction site accidents include:
- Scaffold collapses
- Trench collapses
- Falls from heights
- Building collapses
- Defective equipment and machinery
- Electrical accidents
- Gas explosions
- Crane accidents
- Chemical burns
- Blows to the head
- Welding burns
Who Is Responsible?
Property owners and general contractors are responsible for making sure construction sites are safe for workers. Manufacturers of construction equipment used on job sites are responsible for making sure the design and manufacturing of their construction equipment is safe. For example, they must follow the guidelines outlined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and must perform routine safety inspections to make sure the conditions are as safe as possible. If they try to cut corners and someone gets hurt, they can be held liable for the injuries.
Examples of negligence that can lead to construction accidents include:
- Failure to provide adequate training
- Failure to provide proper safety gear
- Having workers use the wrong equipment for tasks
- Failure to inspect equipment for defects or damage
- Failure to use protective systems for trenches
- Improper inspection of cranes and other heavy machinery before use
- Failure to recognize the hazards associated with chemicals that can cause burns, respiratory problems, explosions and fires
- Failure to employ strict rules about wearing helmets
Due to the high risks involved, construction workers face serious injuries such as:
- Back injuries
- Head and neck injuries
- Brain injuries from blows to the head
- Spinal cord injuries from scaffolding collapses and falls from heights
- Broken or crushed bones
- Amputation injuries if limbs get caught in machinery
- Chemical burns
- Electrical burns
- Respiratory problems from working with hazardous chemicals
Construction Accident Claims
When construction accidents occur, it is important to figure out exactly what happened and who is responsible. If another worker, contractor, general contractor or property owner acted negligently, you will likely have a legal claim. If an equipment manufacturer improperly designed or manufactured equipment that caused the injury, the manufacturer may be responsible.
At Chaffin Luhana our personal injury lawyers will evaluate the details of your accident and will work with experts to determine exactly what happened and why. We will fight tirelessly on your behalf and help you get the compensation you and your family need to recover and move forward with your life.
To schedule a free no-obligation consultation with an experienced attorney at our firm, please contact us today. We represent workers and families throughout the Ohio Valley in West Virginia, Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio.