Tragic Atlanta Demolition Accident Raise Liability & Safety Issues


June 18, 2011

In an unusual accident in Atlanta, a woman, who was believed to be homeless, was killed while inside a house that was being demolished. A backhoe began tearing down an abandoned house that was slated for demolition when witnesses heard someone cry out for help.

The contractors supposedly checked the house before they began work but they obviously missed seeing the woman. Her body was found in the debris when the contractors were removing it from the site. An autopsy showed that the woman died of injuries from blunt force trauma.

Demolition and Liability

Companies undergoing demolition activities need to put safety first rather than profits, which can sometimes be the motivating factor in some decisions. There should be a clearly defined plan in place as to what steps are going to be taken and how long each step is estimated to take. The company also should allow the time needed to get the job done safely in order to prevent serious injuries.

Serious injuries such as broken bones, spinal cord injuries, back injuries, and brain injuries can occur on demolition sites. Falling walls and ceilings can hit workers or those adjacent to the construction site.

Lawsuits involving demolition accidents require attorneys who understand and have experience in the construction field. If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury or wrongful death due to negligence at a demolition project, you should call our offices today to schedule a free consultation so we can discuss how you may be able to be compensated for your injuries or a wrongful death.

The death of the woman found in the abandoned house is being classified as accidental. If you are a construction worker employed by a company to do demolition work at a construction site, it is your employer's responsibility to make sure that all safety procedures are followed. Innocent bystanders outside of a construction zone can be hit by falling debris if the company doing the demolition does not put the proper barriers and protections in place. Overhead protection is usually provided by sidewalk sheds, chutes and also nets. Walls are usually shored up or braced to prevent them from falling or crumbling prematurely.

If you or a loved one have been injured or killed in a demolition-related accident, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries or loss. At Montlick and Associates, we are experienced personal injury attorneys that conduct the proper investigations to determine where fault lies. Our Georgia demolition accident attorneys are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Dalton, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. Call us today for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or visit us on the web at www.montlick.com. No matter where you are located, we are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you.

Category: Personal Injury

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