Workplace Accidents Caused by Construction Site Debris

May 12, 2016

A construction site can be a dangerous place to work. With tools, construction equipment, machinery, materials, pipes wires and other materials around, there is ample opportunity for injuries. If the proper safety precautions are not taken, and if the construction site is not kept free of debris and discarded materials, workers who are moving around from one area to another could trip and fall and suffer a serious injury from the construction site debris.

If an employee suffers an injury from construction site debris, they may be able to file a workers’ compensation claim in Philadelphia. They may be eligible to receive partial wage replacement for the time they lose from work while recuperating from their injury and medical expenses related to the workplace injury.

Injuries from construction site debris are almost always completely preventable. Employers are required by law to maintain a safe workplace that is as hazard-free as possible. The federal agency responsible for monitoring workplace safety, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), has been in operation since 1970, and in the 40 years since their inception, the agency and the system of safety regulations it enforces, has reduced the rate of occupational injury and illness by nearly 67 percent even as the U.S. workforce has almost doubled in that time span. On average, workplace fatalities are down from about 38 worker deaths in 1970 to 13 a day in 2014. OSHA regulations are put in place to make sure that workers do not have to worry about risking their lives in order to make a living. When employers fail to follow OSHA safety regulations, and employees suffer serious injuries, the employers face significant fines.

Causes of workplace injuries from construction debris

There are many circumstances under which workers might become injured by construction site debris including:

  • Leftover building materials and tools not properly stored
  • Failure to dispose of the materials no longer being used
  • Falling debris
  • Slip and fall on discarded materials
  • Falling tools or equipment
  • Employees who become injured

OSHA has a pocket safety guide for construction worker safety, as construction is a field which is known for its considerable workplace hazards. Many of these hazards could be avoided if safety regulations are followed.

Personal injury cases from injuries caused by construction site debris

Construction workers who are injured on a construction site that is not owned by their employer, such as a client’s site or a pedestrian or a visitor to the site may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent party. In most cases, employees are not able to sue their employer because they qualify for workers’ compensation, which is a no-fault disability compensation system.

A person who is injured at a construction site who wants to bring a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent party would have to prove that the negligent party had a duty to make sure that the construction site was safe, that this duty was breached and the breach of that duty resulted in their injury.

If you have sustained a serious injury at work, you may want to discuss your case with a skilled Philadelphia workers’ compensation attorney. The experienced Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates are prepared to represent your interests and fight for the compensation you deserve. Please contact us today for a free consultation. We serve clients throughout Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.