Dangerous Building Conditions on a Construction Site
Being one of the largest cities in the U.S., Houston sees a lot of construction work throughout the year. This means there is a higher likelihood of construction site accidents occurring and there have been many reported accidents on these sites.
There are several regulations, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Standards that require the best practices in terms of construction site safety. Whether it is building, drilling, or engineering work, there is a strict requirement that conditions be safe for workers.
If you have been injured on a Houston construction site due to defective building conditions, the law recognizes your right to sue for compensation. No worker deserves to be injured because of an unsafe working environment. As a result, your employer can be held liable if you are injured because of poor safety measures or defective building conditions.
Construction Site Injuries
Many events can lead to defective building conditions that cause injury on construction sites. These events include:
- Use of improper railings that cause workers to fall
- Failure of harness supports on a scaffold
- Collapse of defective ladders
- Improperly installed temporary wiring that causes electric shocks
- Crane falls or collapses
- Defective equipment that fails to work properly
In these instances, liability may extend to several parties. Your employer could be liable for issuing instructions to keep on working despite indications that the conditions are unsafe.
Injury can also be caused by subcontractor negligence. For instance, trucks delivering granite or sand can cause injury due to reckless driving by the subcontractor’s employee.
In some instances, the injury could be the result of product liability. This occurs when the building materials supplied at the construction site are defective or below the safety standards required by law for such building. For instance, the failure of beam supports that are not as strong as required by industry standards can cause severe injuries to construction workers and others.
When the injury has been caused by any one of these parties, the claims you can bring against them may differ slightly. You may be entitled to workers’ compensation for claims based on violations of the OSHA standards. You may also be entitled to proceed against the manufacturers of construction materials for product liability.
If you have suffered an injury at a construction site and you are not sure whom to hold accountable, get in touch with a lawyer. A lawyer can sit with you and review your story to determine the most responsible parties. This would be necessary to determine the kind of compensation you can get and should pursue.
Financial Restitution for Your Harms and Losses
If your injuries were caused by defective building conditions on a Houston construction site, you may be able to obtain financial restitution for your harms and losses. The compensation you can obtain includes monetary compensation for past and future medical expenses, loss of wages due to inability to work, loss of future earning capacity, past and future physical impairment, physical pain, and mental anguish.
Speak to a Houston Injury Attorney Today
If you have been injured on a Houston construction site due to defective building conditions, do not keep quiet. Get in touch with the Houston personal injury lawyers at Michael P. Fleming & Associates today.