Construction work carries with it some amount of inherent risk. Heavy machinery, heights, power tools, spills, environmental factors, and even the weather can all contribute to the daily risks on a job site.
Employers can minimize these risks, however, by taking certain simple steps including:
- Properly maintaining all equipment on the jobsite, from earth moving equipment to hand tools
- Providing proper training in the use of equipment and other safety measures and enforcing safety procedures on the worksite
- Identifying and containing environmental hazards such as asbestos and other potentially dangerous substances
- Complying with all worksite safety standards set forth by OSHA
Construction equipment accidents can be caused by negligence on the part of the site owner, other workers, faulty or defective equipment, or from other causes. Even in cases where the injured person is partly responsible for his or her injuries, he or she may be able to recover damages from other parties who played a role in the accident.
Common Defective Construction Equipment Accidents
Some of the most common types of defective construction equipment accidents involve:
- Scaffolding accidents due to faulty or incorrectly used scaffolding
- Falling loads
- Structure collapse
- Forklift accidents, due to faulty or poorly maintained forklifts or forklift operator error
- Equipment malfunctions and improper use of construction equipment
If you or a family member was injured in an accident involving defective construction equipment, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. The attorneys at Jacoby & Meyers will evaluate your defective product claim and advise you how to proceed.