Macon Construction Accident Lawyer
October 22, 2019
As of the end of March 2019, all school bus drivers in Georgia may need to be vetted twice per year by public safety officials. Georgia lawmakers recently passed a bus driver safety bill in the state Senate and House. The Georgia Senate passed the bill unanimously on March 26. The bill would... continue reading
May 2, 2019
For more than 45 years, the Injuries, Illnesses and Fatalities program at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has compiled statistics about injuries, illnesses and fatalities on the job in the U.S. According to a recent survey of the last 25 years of data, U.S. workers are getting injured less and... continue reading
Construction is all around us. Incredibly important to the country and the economy, construction can also be incredibly dangerous.For example, the private construction industry alone saw 937 fatalities in 2015 and several construction-related jobs (including carpenters, electricians, construction laborers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters) reported their highest fatality total in years. While the average fatal injury rate clocked in at 3.4, the construction industry’s rate of occupational fatalities was a whopping 10.1. Of course, not all accidents end in death. From broken bones to TBIs, muscle strains to amputations, construction workers are being hurt on the job – and workers’ compensation does not always apply.
Claims involving a construction site injury can be very complicated.To ensure that all of the crucial details are discovered and investigated, the case should be evaluated by an attorney. With over 50 years of experience, the GA construction site accident attorneys at the Mann Law Firm provide skilled representation to examine the circumstances, make sure all proper worker’s compensation benefits are received, and pursue any possible claims against negligent third parties. For advice on how to proceed next, please call us at (478) 742-3381 or fill out our form today to schedule your initial consultation. Whether commercial or residential, construction job sites are typically hectic places replete with uneven ground, ever-changing surroundings, heavy equipment, scaffolding, and other dangerous situations. Nevertheless, there are rules and regulations that must be followed, a great many of which are set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Common construction site risks include:
- Defective machinery
- Exposure to chemicals, hazardous particles
- Improper or insufficient training
- Noncompliance with OSHA rules
- Repetitive motion tasks
- Trenching/excavation cave-ins.
Taken together, it has been determined that these four accident-types are responsible for more two-thirds of construction worker deaths.Some construction jobsite accidents are covered by worker’s compensation, which is a system that allows an injured employee to receive certain benefits in exchange for giving up the right to sue the employer. However, the worker is not prevented from seeking damages from other entities that bear responsibility. These claims allow recovery of compensation for pain and suffering, disability, and loss of income potential, and can supplement worker’s compensation benefits. In construction worker injury claims, commonly liable third-parties include:
- Contractors and subcontractors
- Equipment manufacturers
- Insurance companies
- Scaffolding companies.