Injury to either workers or visitors while on construction sites occurs throughout the United States, and often they are due to the unsafe nature of the worksites. Power tools, partially built structures, scaffolding, ladders, lifts, heavy machinery and rotating crews of tradesmen account for some of the hazards on construction sites. While the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the federal agency that regulates safety measures on construction sites, once an injury has occurred, a construction accident attorney should be contacted at a personal injury law firm that is familiar with state and federal safety laws as well as local codes of conduct.
The complexity of construction liability cases often requires an experienced construction accident attorney pursuing a construction liability lawsuit on their behalf.
Job site accidents rose 31 percent between 2011 and 2012. Injuries from these accidents increased 46 percent. At the same time, work site inspections fell by 40 percent between 2009 and 2012.
If a construction accident was caused by a defective product, such as a malfunctioning nail gun, the equipment manufacturer may be found liable for the victim’s injuries. Other potentially liable parties in a New York construction accident case may include:
- Construction site owners
- Building or property owners
- Construction management companies