Construction Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one was hurt or fatally injured in a construction injury accident, contact our experienced Alabama construction accident lawyers today. They can help with workplace accidents in construction and other industrial workplaces. Call Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. today at 205-933-1500.
In the United States, the construction industry is considered a high-risk industry with thousands of workers being killed or injured each year. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2015, construction occupation fatalities rose by 2 percent to the highest level since 2008. Construction site accidents kill and injure thousands of workers each year. One out of every 10 construction workers suffers some kind of work injury, despite legal and trade provisions in place to prevent such construction accidents.
Common Construction Site and Industrial Workplace Accidents
Construction and industrial worksites are so dangerous because of the presence of large equipment and other hazards. Workers often complete job duties at great heights or on unstable surfaces. Because of this, common accidents on construction sites and industrial workplaces include:
- Scaffolding, crane, derrick, conveyor, ladder, winch, grater, scraper, backhoe, and boiler accidents
- Electric shock
- Trench collapse
- Fire and explosion
- Highway vehicle accidents
- Compressed gas accidents
- Welding accidents
Who is Responsible for Construction Site Accidents?
Many people may be responsible for construction site accidents. In many of these situations, owners, their agents, and contractors face premises liability for failing to supply and operate safety equipment to prevent worker injuries.
In industrial workplaces, safety standards and regulations exist to protect workers from the hazards of working around toxic chemicals, heavy equipment, power tools, and other types of dangerous materials. For that reason, industrial accidents often have a clearly identifiable cause. An early, thorough investigation is the key to obtaining fair compensation for injured welders, forklift operators, woodworkers, and other industrial workers.
Workers’ compensation laws prohibit employers from covering up workplace hazards or retaliating against an employee who reports such a hazard. While the law does not allow workers to sue their employers while they collect workers’ compensation benefits, injured construction site or industrial workplace employees are more likely to have a case because their type of work typically involves multiple contractors.
Injured workers may be able to sue the owner, its agents, and contractors, for all damages sustained by virtue of any physical harm which has occurred to them. Such suits are permitted on behalf of injured workers in addition to workers’ compensation benefits they may have received. Unlike workers’ compensation, however, where an owner, agent or contractor is negligent or liable by statute, recovery can also be made for past and future lost earnings, pain and suffering, the past and future medical expenses, loss of benefits, and many other types of damages.
Workers’ compensation is not always adequate. Although most injured workers will be entitled to workers compensation benefits, these benefits will not cover all of the expenses faced by an injured worker and generally do not cover pain and suffering and the full range of damages available to the loved ones of a worker who is killed in an accident.
Seeking the Help of the Alabama Construction Accident Lawyers
When negligent construction or industrial site management personnel put workers in the way of unnecessary risks and harm, and injury or death occurs, it is important to consult with an experienced construction site accident attorney as soon as possible.
If you have suffered a personal injury due to a construction site accident or an industrial workplace accident, you may be eligible for compensation. The Alabama workplace injury lawyers of Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. are dedicated to the needs of our clients and to achieving the best possible result for each individual client. Contact our construction site attorneys today at 205-933-1500 to find out how we can help you.