New Jersey Construction Accident Attorney

Unfortunately, construction workers are nearly three times more likely to be needlessly injured on-the-job than the average American worker. Construction work may be particularly dangerous for a number of reasons. Workers operate heavy, complex machinery in unforgiving conditions. Often, projects are rushed to meet deadlines and budgets. Workers from many different companies with different foremen work in tight quarters at the same time. Despite state and federal laws that require strict safety requirements for construction sites that are designed to protect workers from injury, these laws are often ignored by general and sub-contractors, resulting in devastating injury or death for innocent workers and passers-by.

If you are injured in an avoidable construction accident, you have the right to hold the responsible parties accountable for damages. You can trust your case to the leading New Jersey trial lawyers at Shebell & Shebell. We are committed to obtaining complete compensation for our clients.

Some common incidents that occur at construction sites include the following:

  • Roof-related falls and accidents
  • Crane and scaffolding accidents
  • Electrical accidents
  • Run-over by operating equipment
  • Lifting equipment failure
  • Falls from ladders
  • Electric shock
  • Trench collapses
  • Fires and explosions
  • Hit by highway vehicle
  • Compressed gases accidents
  • Welding accidents
  • Slip, trips, missteps, and falls on debris, materials, or other substance

 

Common Causes of Construction Accidents: The Fatal Four

Known in the construction industry as the “Fatal Four,” these major safety hazards occur far too frequently:

  • Falls from ladders, scaffolding, or roof areas are responsible for 34.6 percent of all construction fatalities. Many falls can be prevented by following OSHA’s fall protection regulations, which can be accessed here: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/fallprotection/
  • Being struck by an object on the job site accounts for 9.8 percent of construction deaths
  • Electrocution causes 8 percent of construction fatalities
  • Getting caught between objects accounts for 1.6 percent of construction deaths

These four hazards are also responsible for countless on-the-job injuries each year. Other common dangers that are needlessly faced by construction workers include:

  • Crane accidents
  • Being struck or run over by operating equipment
  • Lack of training and supervision
  • Equipment failure and malfunction
  • Trench collapse
  • Arc flash
  • Failure to wear protective gear
  • Being struck by a vehicle on the highway
  • Compressed gas explosions
  • Welding accidents
  • Slip and fall accidents on debris, construction materials or other substances
  • Fork lift injuries and death

OSHA and Other Safety Codes

Several laws and regulations govern construction site safety. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, New Jersey state, and municipal safety and building codes are designed to protect people. Violations of these codes can result in costly penalties to site owners, including possible incarceration.

Although there may be many workers on a construction site, including plumbers, painters, electricians and subcontractors, a general or prime contractor is responsible for coordinating all the workers on site and ensuring a safe environment that complies with OSHA and other regulations. Accepted safety standards require general contractors to take a proactive approach to prevent accidents in the workplace. These safety rules includes:

  • Thoroughly inspecting job sites with safety engineers
  • Keeping the workplace free of hazards
  • Providing safety training for employees
  • Providing employees with safety equipment
  • Ensuring that the accepted standards of construction site safety are adhered to

The experienced construction accident lawyers at Shebell & Shebell have a thorough understanding of these laws and how they relate to one another. Learn more about OSHA here: https://www.osha.gov/

 

Compensation for Your Injuries

Workers injured in construction side accidents are entitled to compensatory damages, which include both economic and noneconomic damages. This means that injured workers can collect damages for current and future medical bills, lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, permanent disability, pain, suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and emotional trauma. In New Jersey, there is no monetary cap on compensatory damages, allowing injured people full compensation for their injuries. In addition, punitive damages may be available in cases of willful misconduct or outrageous conduct. Punitive damages are designed to punish the responsible party for their conduct.

Third-parties who can be held liable for construction accidents include:

  • Construction site owners
  • General contractors who failed to adequately supervise
  • Engineers
  • Equipment manufacturers
  • Equipment distributors
  • Negligent subcontractors
  • Architects
  • Any outside party who contributed to your injuries, including drivers in vehicle accidents

 

Workers Compensation

An injured worker is also entitled to workers’ compensation benefits from the worker’s employer.  Workers’  Compensation benefits cover only medical treatments cost, lost wages, and possibly an award of permanent, partial disability. If you are a construction worker collecting workers’ compensation payments, you may still be able to file a lawsuit against a third-party, such as a general contractor or other sub-contractor, for their role in causing your injuries..

 

We Get Results For Victims of Construction Accidents

The lawyers at Shebell & Shebell are experienced in investigating construction site accidents and identifying responsible parties. We also provide outstanding representation in workers’ compensation claims against an injured worker’s employer. For a free consultation, call us at 866-957-5237 or contact us online today.

 

 

 

 

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