Monterey Construction Injury Attorney
The construction trade is one of the most dangerous in the United States. Construction sites are a breeding ground for serious injuries. Construction foremen and contractors are concerned about staying within budget and meeting deadlines. As a result, construction foremen and contractors push their workers to work faster and longer and often times compromise safety for speed. Add dangerous power tools and heavy equipment to the mix, and the result is a dangerous environment where both severe and fatal injuries happen frequently to both workers and bystanders.
According to OSHA, there were 4,383 fatal work injuries in 2012 of which 17.6% or 775 deaths were in construction. The majority of those 775 construction related deaths involved construction laborers, first line supervisors, electricians and roofers. The most common events leading to construction related deaths are falls, electrocution, being struck by an object and crush/“caught in between” situations.
Construction injuries often result from these common accidents:
- Falls from scaffolding, ladders, lifts or roofs
- Crush accidents during excavation or between objects
- Power tool malfunctions or misuse
- Electrical accidents
- Falling tools, building materials, equipment or objects
- Forklift and Crane Accidents
- Failing to safeguard a hazard or remove a dangerous condition
- Failing to adequately cover a trench or other open space
- Other heavy machinery or construction vehicle accidents
Any injury is especially problematic for a construction trade worker because his or her physical well-being is his or her livelihood. If a construction worker is severely or permanently injured he or she may never be able to work in the construction trade again. A construction trade worker is often unable to find an alternate career that pays as much as he or she was making in the construction trade. A severe or permanent injury to a construction trade worker can be devastating to the worker and the family he or she supports.
The attorneys at the Piccuta Law Group, LLP have experience in dealing with construction injuries. Our attorneys are skilled in developing strategies that allow for recovery outside of worker’s compensation limitations. We are familiar with the legal factors controlling employee versus independent contractor determinations and the liability relationships between sub-contractors and contractors. Our attorneys are familiar with fall protection procedures, scaffolding and ladder regulations, lock out-tag out procedures, and regulations for powered equipment and heavy machinery. Whether you are a construction worker, sub-contractor or bystander, if you were injured at a construction site, contact the Monterey construction injury attorneys at the Piccuta Law Group, LLP for a free consultation.