According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), construction jobs are amongst the most dangerous of occupations in the U.S. Fatalities and serious injuries are not uncommon. In 2011 BLS reported that 3.9% of construction workers reported receiving injuries at work. The likelihood is that the number of people injured on the job is actually much higher, but workers often fear reporting injuries.
Construction site injuries can be serious. In fact, 781 construction workers died from an on the job accident in 2011. Although this number is down significantly from past years, it is still unacceptable when injuries are preventable.
Employers owe a legal duty of care to employees to ensure their safety on the job. The company or person that controls a worksite has a duty to ensure that workers have a safe workplace. This can mean that the organization or person behind the construction job is responsible to ensure that the work performed by subcontractors is safe. If they breach this duty, it can lead to liability under the law of negligence.
The law of negligence requires that an injured person show that a construction company owed them a duty of care, broke that duty of care, and the breach of the duty was the actual and proximate cause of their injury that led to actual damages.
Usually, construction accidents can be prevented by taking reasonable caution. As mentioned above, the contractor should supervise subcontractors to ensure that they are building in a safe manner. Contractors must warn of dangers in the worksite and ensure that subcontractors and workers comply with safety requirements.
In addition to the law of negligence, other state and federal safety laws may allow injured workers to file a legal claim to recover for their injuries.
The Law Offices of William E. Johnson can help you get compensation if you have been hurt in a construction injury. The experienced construction injury lawyers of the Law Offices of William E. Johnson have many years of experience handling personal injury claims, including construction injuries in Palm Beach County. Get a free consultation with a West Palm Beach construction accident attorney by calling 561-832-4848. We proudly serve the following areas in South Florida; Jupiter, Ft. Lauderdale, Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, and all of Palm Beach County.