Workers Injured on Florida Construction Site
Two construction workers at a downtown Miami construction site were injured earlier this year after a wall fell onto them while on the job, NBC 6 South Florida reports.
The two workers were being treated in a nearby hospital after a wall that is used to create concrete walls inside the building came crashing down onto one of the workers and grazed another at the downtown Miami building.
The incident required an intensive rescue as the building’s elevators did not yet go up to the 26th floor, where the two men were injured. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has opened an investigation into what went wrong at the construction site, NBC 6 reported.
Who is held liable in construction site accidents?
Construction sites can be very dangerous places if proper care is not taken. If you’re a construction worker or bystander and you were hurt on or adjacent to a construction site, how do you know who is held liable?
That determination typically comes down to negligence. If the construction company did not take proper care to ensure the safety of all those on the site and those walking past it, they may be held liable in a personal injury case and could be required to pay out a financial compensation to those injured.
So what kind of things constitute negligence in construction site accident cases? Here are a few common ones:
- Defective machinery;
- Keeping the property in dangerous conditions;
- Coworker negligence, which could mean someone is not properly assisting a fellow worker in a dangerous construction procedure, or is not using correct machinery or protective gear; and
- Employer negligence, which could mean the employer has not taken the care to ensure all of its workers are aware of all safety protocols, they are given all necessary safety gear and have the correct tools on hand to do the job safely.
If you’re a worker or civilian injured at a construction site, who can be found liable? Here is a list of the most common parties to personal injury claims related to construction site injuries:
- Construction companies;
- Property or site owners;
- Engineering firms;
- Architecture firms;
- Contractors or subcontractors; and
- Equipment, tools and other construction material manufacturers in the case of a defective piece of machinery.
Have you been injured at a construction site?
Construction sites are not only dangerous to those working in them. Sometimes when things go wrong, those walking by or living nearby are injured, sometimes fatally. If you’ve been injured on a construction site or as a result of a construction operation, or if you’ve lost a loved one as a result, contact the lawyers at Boone & Davis in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
We can help you get the justice you deserve. We will guide you through the process of filing a personal injury claim to seek financial compensation for things like your medical bills, future medical bills, lost wages, and additional pain and suffering.
The Fort Lauderdale lawyers at Boone & Davis have more than 35 years of experiencing working with clients who’ve been injured in construction accidents. We have the background and knowledge to bring you the best representation possible.