According to the website of the attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP, construction labor is one of the most high-risk occupations for injury. Many laborers sustain injuries from engaging in repetitive movements like hammering or constantly hauling heavy equipment. Additionally, machinery used on construction sites is highly specialized and can easily cause damage to an uninformed user. In the worst case scenarios, construction injuries can cause serious harm or even death.
Among the more serious injuries that occur on construction sites are amputations. These injuries are typically related to equipment malfunction. In September 2013, a Houston laborer was the victim of a crane collapse. A man was operating the crane when a weak cable snapped, causing the crane to crush his leg. As a result of the accident, doctors had to remove the bottom half of the man’s leg. Companies must have diligent workers checking the condition of the construction equipment so that these types of life-changing injuries don’t occur. Often, people who experience injury as a result of faulty equipment hold the business owner (or site overseer) liable for damages. Injuries can be extremely expensive in hospital costs, pain and suffering, and time spent away from work; the party at fault should help pay for the damage.
All construction companies require that special building materials be delivered to the worksite. In these cases, practicing caution while commuting is of the utmost importance. According to the website of the Law Offices of Williams Kherkher, car accidents account for a large majority of roadway injury. Additionally, hauling material like iron pipes and large rock from warehouse to worksite can threaten the safety of other drivers if the materials are not sufficiently fastened. Labor laws and workers compensation laws have been put into place in order to protect the rights of injured laborers.Learn More