Falls are a common type of construction site accident and are the leading cause of fatalities for construction workers. A construction worker can fall from scaffolding, into ditches, through flooring, off cranes and lifts or into elevator shafts. Falls may be caused by unsafe ladders, holes in flooring, improper or insufficient safety equipment, hazardous debris and materials and unprotected ledges.
When a fall or other construction site accident is caused by another’s negligence, the injured party may be eligible to collect compensation through a construction accident lawsuit. To find out if you qualify for monetary damages, fill out our free case review form to speak with a construction lawyer today.
Liability for Construction Site Falls
When a worker falls and suffers a construction site injury, he or she may be entitled to financial damages related to the accident. Although the injured worker cannot sue their employer for their injuries, construction accident law allows them to file a claim against third parties. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, the responsibility may fall on one or more of the following:
- Building owner
- Contractors or subcontractors
- Construction manager
- General or prime contractor
Third-party construction lawsuits allow for injured workers to collect compensation that significantly surpasses the amount available under workers’ compensation law.
Types of Construction Site Falls
Roof-Related Falls: Many construction workers are required to work on roofs, which can present a danger to even the most experienced employees. When working at an elevated height, a construction worker can potentially suffer a construction site injury upon falling off a roof structure or tower or through an existing opening. If you have suffered a roof-related fall at work, you may be entitled to financial compensation greater than your potential workers’ compensation benefits. However, only a skilled construction attorney can evaluate your eligibility for such a recovery, so fill out our free case review form on the right.
Crane Falls: Crane operators are trained to control and maintain the power of cranes and similar large machinery. Unfortunately, due to the inherent dangers of cranes, workers may be at risk for a serious crane injury or even death. Operators can fall from the crane or become crushed if it topples over.
Scaffolding Falls: OSHA scaffold regulations are quite strict and explicit and include detailed guidelines for the construction, use, strength, safety precautions, and regulation of scaffolds. OSHA also provides construction safety guidelines and standards to aid in the elimination of construction falls in general. When these guidelines are not followed, workers may be at-risk for a scaffolding fall accident.
Elevator Shaft Falls: While there have been reports of workers surviving elevator shaft falls, even a fall of a few feet can be deadly for the construction worker. Tragically, in many elevator shaft falls, the construction site accident could have been prevented through education, training and proper safety precautions.
Building Collapse: When a building collapses, those inside can be injured, crushed or even killed. Building collapses are commonly caused by foundation failure, poor design, inadequate construction or heavy loads. When a construction worker is injured in a building collapse, the architects or designers may be financially liable for any resulting injuries if a breach of duty is found.
Construction Injury Lawyers
If you or a loved one has suffered a fall on a construction site, contact our construction attorneys for a free case review. At no cost to you, our construction lawyers will review your claim and determine if you are entitled to an award greater than workers’ compensation benefits. If so, you may be eligible to collect damages for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering, which can help you and your loved ones remain financially stable following your construction site accident.