A recent survey of construction accidents in Pennsylvania reveals that a bricklayer was electrocuted while on the job in Fairmount in the past year or so, and in Bethlehem, a man died after being pinned beneath a backhoe. Just this past August, an Odenton, Maryland construction worker suffered a partial amputation of his leg when heavy equipment fell upon him. Cranes in New York have toppled over causing catastrophic injuries to workers and innocent passersby.
The naturally dangerous nature of working construction in Pennsylvania and elsewhere throughout the nation means that accidents on construction sites are serious, in most cases. In fact, the construction industry has about 6 percent of workers but about 20 percent of accident fatalities in the U.S.
Despite laws put in place to keep workers as safe as possible under dangerous conditions, accidents happen. This is especially the case when a construction contractor, subcontractor, employer, or other individual in charge of the construction site acts in a negligent or careless manner.
Injuries can result from:
- Scaffold collapses or falls from scaffolds because of inadequate fencing or warning
- Falls into unmarked holes
- Electrocutions due to poor orchestration among contractors or lack of following legal safety rules
- Hazards from uneven surfaces on heavy equipment that topple over
- Cranes that topple
- Backhoe accidents
- Bucket loader and excavator accidents
- Falling equipment from heights onto people below
- Poorly designed work sites
- Work equipment that is not properly maintained
- Unsafe work conditions that do not follow OSHA rules
- Motor vehicle crashes on site
- Lack of protection or marking off of dangerous areas
Injuries that workers suffer are often permanent, making it impossible for the worker to return to construction in the future.
Among the common injuries that workers suffer in accidents on construction site are:
- Broken bones
- Neck injury, spine injury, and other musculoskeletal injuries that involve the upper body
- Ruptured disk
- Amputation, including partial amputation of a limb
- Body part pinched, squeezed or crushed
Injured in a Construction Accident? Personal Injury Attorney in Media PA : (610) 565-0240
Understand your rights relating to an accident in which you suffered injuries on a construction site. At the Law Offices of John E. Kusturiss Jr., in Media, Pennsylvania, you will find attorneys who have represented many individuals who have suffered serious injury on construction sites and in construction accidents through no fault of their own. We offer a free initial consultation that will help you understand your rights and answer your questions.
We understand the suffering, upset, and grief you may feel as a result of suffering a permanent, life changing injury. We also have an understanding of the issues and costs involved in seeking to recover from a serious injury caused by negligence.
If there is a legal basis to file a claim for compensation to help you pay for all medical treatment and other accident related damages, you may be assured that we will pursue justice to the full extent of the law on your behalf.
In addition to representing clients injured on the job, we represent families who have lost a loved one in a wrongful death and other personal injury matters, as well as criminal defense and family law cases. We work with clients throughout Springfield, Chester, Upper Darby, Ridley Park, Newtown Square, and Havertown, PA.