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According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), construction is the third-most dangerous occupation, trailing only mining and agriculture. Although OSHA strictly regulates standards relating to workplace safety, numerous accidents occur at construction sites each year, especially in places with heavy machinery and construction vehicles. In fact, each year, roughly one in every ten workers at a construction site will suffer some form of work-related injury. More than 1,000 of these injuries are fatal. Machines have the potential to injure workers in a variety of ways. Many machines have sharp edges, moving pieces, and hot surfaces. In general, a common cause of accidents at construction sites relates to the general wear and tear of machinery equipment. If machinery is not maintained and serviced on a regular basis, workers at the construction site are at a greater risk for personal injury. Malfunctions and general operation error are also reasons for machinery at construction sites to cause personal injury to the workers.
The Boston personal injury lawyers at Bellotti Law Group, P.C. have successfully handled hundreds of construction accident cases over many years. Contact our Boston, Cambridge or Quincy office today at 617-225-2100 for a FREE evaluation of your case.We Explore All Avenues Of Potential Liability To Hold At-Fault Parties Accountable
In many cases, liability will be shared among several entities. Employers and contractors are responsible for maintaining safe equipment and may be held liable if the injury occurred because the machinery was not well maintained. If the injury is caused by a defect in the machine's design, the manufacturer may be responsible, along with architects or engineers who are not directly present at the construction site at the time of the incident. Engineers may also have a duty to inspect the machinery on a regular basis to ensure that the design is properly followed and that the employer/employee is complying with proper regulations. Even further liability may exist among property owners and insurance companies.The Consequences Are Many And Often Severe
Workers who suffer a construction accident resulting from faulty machinery may be out of work for a long time; the majority of these injuries keep the injured worker from returning to the job for longer than one month. Their injuries can be severe and may include crushed limbs, amputations, severe burns, or blindness. Hospital bills, lost income, long periods of instability, and the possibility of a permanent impairment can be emotionally and financially overwhelming to the injured person and his or her family. Construction work is physically demanding in nature and usually requires the full use of one's body to work effectively. As a result, injuries from faulty machinery may destroy an entire career. Construction work also requires technical training and it may be difficult for the victim to establish a new career in an unfamiliar field.
The Boston personal injury attorneys at Bellotti Law Group, P.C. have years of experience in dealing with various types of construction-related accidents. We have experience in negotiating settlements, coordinating benefits, and preparing for potential litigation. If you are hurt at a construction site, you may not necessarily be limited to collecting workers' compensation benefits. We will thoroughly investigate all aspects of your case to determine any third-party liability (property owners, manufacturers, etc.) and to ensure that all potential avenues of compensation are explored. Talk to a construction accident attorney at Bellotti Law Group, P.C., today about your options at 617-225-2100.