Construction Accidents

Construction accidents account for some of the most devastating of all types of accidents due to the inherent risks of working in the construction industry.  Victims of construction site accidents are often killed or left with life long injuries including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, quadriplegia, amputations, paraplegia, shattered bones, fractures, crush injuries and severe internal injuries.

The lawyers at G&R represent victims and their families throughout the state of Florida in matters related to construction litigation.

Construction injuries can result from any number of hazards including:

  • highway construction accidents
  • electrocution
  • crane accidents
  • crane accidents
  • scaffolding accidents
  • falls through unprotected holes
  • collapsed structures
  • safety code violations
  • defective machinery
  • nail gun accidents
  • improper use or maintenance of construction equipment
  • compressed gases
  • mechanical hazards
  • explosions
  • welding accidents
  • cutting accidents
  • exposure to toxic substances
  • falls from elevation
  • OSHA violations
  • excavation accidents
  • toxic chemical exposure
  • slips and falls
  • building collaps
  • wall and roof collapses

Though construction companies and contractors are required to inspect each job site and implement safety programs, in 2012 alone, 3.7 million people suffered non-fatal injuries in industrial accidents on or around construction sites and 1,247 people were killed according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Construction workers are at far greater risk of serious injury or death than are workers in any other industry.

All too often, these accidents occur because property owners or general contractors hire unlicensed contractors to perform construction work or because general contractors, architects or sub contractors fail to take the necessary precautions to provide a safe work site. The failure to properly maintain ladders, tools, scaffolds or other equipment, the failure to hire, train and supervise careful co-workers, the failure to comply with material safety data sheets and State and Federal laws regulating construction sites and the failure to warn of dangerous conditions can all result in horrible but preventable accidents. These situations usually involve violations of Federal OSHA regulations and local building codes.

Construction accident cases involve complex liability issues and the interaction between state and federal laws regulating the construction industry and state worker’s compensation laws which provide broad immunity to employers.

Lawsuits arising out of construction site accidents are expensive to prosecute. Expert witnesses must be retained in most construction accident cases including building code experts, construction industry experts, architecture experts, engineering experts as well as medical experts.

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