There are many different occupations in the construction industry from welders to equipment operators. Regardless of the particular job function, the construction industry as a whole is one of the most dangerous in the nation. The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus can help you fight for the compensation you need to recover.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators have a higher rate of injuries and illnesses than other occupations. However, accidents generally can be avoided by observing proper operating procedures and safety practices, but some repetitive stress injuries do occur. In addition, bulldozers, scrapers, and especially piledrivers, are noisy and shake or jolt the operator.
Many construction workers operate during irregular hours, making fatigue-related accidents a factor as well. If you are a construction worker, your employer is required to provide you with a reasonably safe working environment. If they fail to implement regulations and industry standards set forth in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) codes, then you may be able to file a claim for financial compensation. If you are not considered an employee, but rather a "contracted worker," then our Pasadena lawyers may be able to find ways in which you too can file a claim for financial compensation.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):
Falls are the leading cause of death in construction. In 2010, there were 264 fall fatalities (255 falls to lower level) out of 774 total fatalities in construction. These deaths are preventable.
Since falls from great heights are so prevalent, the OSHA has increased the safety regulations for construction workers who must work on scaffolding, cranes and other high areas. Employers must take all the necessary steps in order to ensure that their employees are properly trained for the job, that their employees have proper instruction and that their employees have the proper safety equipment. If an employer fails to do any of the previously mentioned things, they will likely be considered the "at-fault" party in a personal injury or workers' compensation claim.
Fires and explosions are also relatively common in the construction industry. Equipment, if not properly maintained, has the potential to malfunction and cause serious injury. Electrical malfunctions are also common. A simple spark could ignite a flame that causes workers to become seriously injured and even permanently disfigured. Falls and falling objects are also common causes of accidents at construction sites.
If you were injured while working a construction job, then speak with a Pasadena construction accident lawyer from our firm today. The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus is a personal injury firm that is dedicated to fighting for clients so that they can recover maximum financial compensation. If you believe that you have a claim, call us first to learn how we can help.