Construction Site Accident FAQs


April 06, 2016

Construction site accidents occur far too often in Georgia and the rest of the country. In fact, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) reports that over 4,251 workers were tragically killed in the year 2014, 20.5 percent of which were in construction. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, our compassionate attorney team has represented thousands of injured construction workers. We offer the following list of frequently asked questions, intended to provide you with a brief overview of construction site accidents. For assistance with your individual needs, contact our office for your free consultation.

Why are construction sites so dangerous?

Construction sites are statistically more hazardous than other workplaces. They involve lots of heavy equipment, employees working at considerable heights, and the need for considerable training. Construction site accidents have high stakes, as employees could fall from heights, be crushed in machinery, or be hit by falling equipment. At times, construction site accidents are caused by the failure of the employer to maintain a safe environment.

What is "Fall Protection" and why is it important?

Falls are a leading cause of construction site accidents. OSHA and other safety agencies require that certain fall protection equipment is used on the worksite to prevent falls. Some main types of fall protection include, among others:

  • Personal fall arrest systems
  • Safety monitoring systems
  • Guardrail systems
  • Controlled access zone

If the employer fails to provide adequate fall protection or the equipment is not used correctly, workers can be injured or even killed. This makes it imperative that all employers thoroughly train workers in the proper use of equipment.

What damages can I receive for my injuries suffered on the construction site?

Your exact recovery is dependent on numerous factors specific to your individual case. Injured Georgia construction workers should be able to receive worker's compensation benefits if they are injured within the course and scope of the job. Workers' compensation benefits generally cover medical expenses and a portion of the employee's lost wages. Additionally, workers injured due to defective equipment or the negligence of a third party might also have a viable personal injury claim.

When should I talk to a workers' compensation attorney?

If you or a loved one is injured on the construction site, it is important to consult with a workers' compensation and construction accident lawyer as soon as possible. Your attorney will review the facts of the accident and be better able to inform you as to your legal rights. In the event that you have a viable claim, your attorney can help you prepare a workers' compensation claim or a personal injury lawsuit against the party responsible for your injuries. Prompt action is necessary, as there is a limited time with which you have to file your case.

Put Our Law Firm's Over 30 Years of Legal Experience to Work For Your Case!

At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we have been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout all of Georgia and in the Southeast for over 30 years, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state.

No matter where you are located, our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.


Source:
OSHA.gov


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Many of our blog articles discuss the law. All information provided about the law is very general in nature and should not be relied upon as legal advice. Every situation is different, and should be analyzed by a lawyer who can provide individualized advice based on the facts involved in your unique situation, and a consideration of all of the nuances of the statutes and case law that apply at the time.