Approximately 14 workers die on the job every day in the U.S., according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which also tells us that construction sites are among the most dangerous places to work and pose the highest risk of serious and fatal worker injuries. The Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) says that approximately 20 percent of all U.S. workplace deaths occur at construction sites; that’s almost three per day!
Accountability and negligence may vary, but a Toledo construction accident lawyer can help. Some of the accidents that can occur include but are not limited to:
Construction injuries can happen for many reasons. But the BLS has identified the “fatal four” leading types of accidents that injure and kill construction workers:
Any, debilitating injury construction a worker suffers can physically, financially and emotionally devastate the worker and his or her family. If you or a loved one is injured in a construction accident, rely on the Toledo construction accident attorneys of Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer to manage your quest for fair financial compensation aggressively.
We have protected the rights of injured construction workers for more than 60 years throughout Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan, including Toledo, Findlay, Lima, Sandusky, Oregon, Defiance, Fremont and their surrounding communities.
Several Parties Might be Liable for Unsafe Construction Sites
By law, construction employers must keep safe work sites. Yet just a few of the sorts of injuries a construction worker can suffer due to an accident include:
Many times negligence is the cause, in which case, the employer of the worker who caused the accident can be held liable through the legal concept of “respondent superior,” which means that employers are responsible for their employees’ actions on the construction site.
So if workers lack the proper skills, training or supervision, other workers (and bystanders) run a greater risk of injury. And sadly, many general contractors and property owners are more concerned with profitability than safety. But when they do not meet this legal duty of keeping a safe construction site, respondent superior injury claims can be filed based on the following:
A claim for negligent hiring can be filed against the contractor, general contractor and in some cases, even the property owner who is deemed responsible for the employee who caused the accident. And management employees who breach their duty of care to train and monitor employees who cause injury accidents also can expose themselves and their employers to a negligent supervision claim. Additionally, if a third party other than your employer had a negligent hand in causing your accident – such as a worker for another subcontractor or the manufacturer of defective equipment – third-party lawsuits can supplement the compensation you receive from your workers’ compensation claim.
If injured in a construction accident, contact the Toledo construction accident lawyers at Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer for a free consultation at 419-843-6663 or contact us online.-
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