Type of Accidents and Injuries That Occur At Construction Sites
Have There Been Cases Where Someone’s Been Run Over By A Large Truck By Accident?
There certainly have been cases where people have been hit by construction vehicles on a construction site. Being run over by vehicles is generally negligence because on a construction site, everyone has a responsibility to watch what they are doing. However, there are specific regulations and our New York construction accident lawyers have certainly handled cases where people have been struck by excavation equipment, not so much run over by it while it is moving, but struck by it. For example, while the arm of the bucket of excavation machinery or the boom is being moved side to side or whilst coming out of an excavation, that is when many accidents can happen. Then there are cases where people have been struck by loads that are being carried by the claw which are chained up to the claw under the woods like a bunch of pallets or a bunch of material wood. They could be chained up like a bunch of stone being chained to the claw of a bucket that is being driven and either a wind or sudden movement occurs and then the person is struck.
Typically, on New York construction sites, you are not supposed to have a shifting weight once you have the load lines or lines that are being held in various directions to secure the load by workers so that it cannot shift or move. Our New York and White Plains construction accident lawyers have handled a number of those cases. One of the bigger cases handled by the office of Michael Joseph was the case where an individual was struck by the claw of an excavator on an Ossining development site in Westchester. They were able to hold the defendants at one-hundred percent responsible for that, because they were able to show that the safety was not properly engaged before the operator began to leave the cabin of the machinery. He hit one of the levers with his leg which caused the machine to swing and the attorneys were able to establish that you are not supposed to leave the excavation machine running or while the power or hydraulics are actually engaged. Since they moved, the attorneys were able to prove that safety was not adequately engaged. That is because if the safety is actually adequately engaged, that stops all the hydraulics from the machine from moving at all and it does not matter what you do with the levers.
Are Fires And Explosions Less Common On Construction Sites? Are Injuries From These Accidents More Fatal And Serious?
Injuries from burns and explosions are less common but they do happen. The most important factor is determining cause and origin. Typically in these types of cases, the fire accident attorneys would work with a retired fire marshal to determine the cause and origin of the fire itself. In other words, what happened, how did something explode and why did it explode? A lot of times you will see fumes that are not properly contained. There are a lot of regulations on these types of things that are meant to prevent fires. For example, flammable gases are supposed to be contained. Before sorting any type of demolition, all gas, electric steam and other supply lines have to be shut off, capped and sealed which is going to make sure no one destroys or hits anything that has gas or electricity in it.
There are other regulations also. For example, even during the painting process, everyone knows that paint fumes can be hazardous; there are regulations that require confined areas to have natural ventilation. In other words, entrances that open into rooms need to be clear so that the air circulates and it does not become dangerous.
When It Comes To Repetitive Injury, Motion Injuries, Heat Stroke Or Overexertion, Can You Ever Recover Damages In Such Situations If There Are Serious Deaths Or Injuries?
In the case of repetitive motion or repetitive activities, that is more of a workers comp, as it happens without any type of fault. However, there are requirements for personal protection concerning the general environment. For example, there are things such as requirements for people to have respirators when they are surrounded by dust or work that has dust. When people are working with welding equipment, they have to have certain shields and masks when they are working around that type of heat to prevent the flame itself or the things that are being cut and welded from jumping back or recoiling and hitting and injuring them
The law office of Michael Joseph has had several cases like that. There are requirements for elimination for people to be able to see temporary walkways and surfaces. There is a minimum requirement of what they call foot candles or five foot candles. Whenever there is a welding operation, there is a requirement for a screen to be placed around it so people passing by do not get burnt.
There are a lot of requirements to prevent things from being dropped on people. For example, anyone who is doing demolition has to have shoots. They cannot just throw things off of a roof or off of a higher level. It has to be adequately placed into a shoot and disposed of that way. Then there are regulations on storing materials. For instance, you cannot just lean five hundred pounds of marble or stone against something vertically, it has to be adequately stabilized so that it does not fall or shift like when a wind comes or during vibrations and does not fall onto somebody.
There are a lot of regulations that prevent people against a lot of the inherent dangers in construction such that the general contractor or owner is going to be responsible or legally liable for a violation of these particular regulations if they are violated.
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