Construction Injury: Know Your Rights

Construction workers are important to the world. They help build and fix the buildings we work in and the roadways we travel down daily. However, because they work on such massive sites and projects, there is often a lot of danger involved in the process. Heavy equipment, falling objects, and defective machinery can all cause devastating injuries, or even death. Still, construction workers risk their lives every day to help create the world we live in and to earn a living.

As a result, injuries on behalf of construction workers should be vigorously argued in the court of law. Construction injuries can come in various forms. Construction accident cases can involve the stress in using certain construction tools which may be particularly heavy or difficult. An injury may also involve a case with defective or dangerous tools, including air hammers, jackhammers, utility knives, chisels, screwdrivers, mechanical saws, jigsaws, or drills.

Other construction injury cases involve heavy machinery. These cases need to be carefully investigated to determine the case of any malfunction. User error will need to be eliminated, and it will need to be determined if the source of error was design or manufacturer error. Heavy machinery cases include forklift accidents, pay loader accidents, bulldozer accidents, and other accidents involving similar heavy equipment.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) claims are another source of construction injury claims. OSHA violations occur when safety procedures are not followed, proper safety equipment is not used, or when OSHA violations are committed. It is illegal for employers to take adverse employment actions against workers for making OSHA complaints. As a result, it is important to make sure OSHA violations are not occurring in the workplace in order to keep employees and those surrounding construction sites safe.

In Pennsylvania, construction workers can recover lost wages and receive medical benefits for injuries occurring on the job. In addition, if the employer’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier is not cooperating with you on payments, legal action is a viable option.

A bystander who happens to be on the construction site and is injured may also be able to hold someone responsible for his or her injuries. For bystanders, the usual personal injury laws apply to each case.