Every employee has the right to be safe at work.
Demolition, excavation and building can be dangerous: but even construction workers have the right to a safe workplace.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the government agency that regulates construction site safety. OSHA rules are supposed to help employers find and fix workplace dangers.
Contractors are supposed to follow OSHA rules and provide working conditions that are free of known dangers. Workers get hurt when potential hazards aren’t identified, or when the rules are broken.
Common causes of construction site injuries and fatalities
- Missing safety equipment
- Inadequate safety training
- Unmaintained machinery
- Flaws in design or engineering plans
- Lack of clear written job processes and procedures
Questions? Contact Alvey Law Group for a free consultation.
What happens when you’re hurt on a construction site?
Determining who is responsible and who is at fault for a construction worker’s injuries can be very complex.
Most construction site injury claims are handled by workers’ compensation. That means an injured worker could submit medical bills and expenses to the employer’s workers’ comp insurance, instead of filing a lawsuit.
In some cases, a construction worker who was hurt because of another person’s carelessness, or a safety failure, can submit a third party claim. That means personal injury laws would apply.
Different federal, state and local laws can apply to construction site accident claims. You will need a careful investigation of the job site and circumstances of the injury.
Construction injury cases are complicated. Talk to an attorney who knows both workers’ compensation law and personal injury law on the North Coast of Oregon – call 503-325-5509 for a free consultation.