Category: Construction Accidents

Who Can I Sue When a Crane Collapses?

If you’ve been affected by a crane collapse accident, you’re probably facing a huge amount of damage, and a lot of evasive messages from different companies, all of them telling you that someone else is responsible. It’s true that there’s usually more than one possible defendant for a crane collapse lawsuit. While this might seem confusing and overwhelming at first, it actually increases your odds of successfully collecting compensation from at least one source, once you have a good crane ...

Construction Operations Have a Duty to Keep Young Workers Out of Danger

Construction jobs are an understandably popular option for Georgia teens seeking an income or some experience for a résumé. The work is project-based, the skills are broadly applicable, and the chance to work around power tools and heavy machinery is a strong draw for many mechanically-minded young people. Unfortunately, those power tools and heavy machines are a major part of what makes construction sites such dangerous places, especially for people whose brains and bodies are still devel...

Common Types of Construction Accidents

Construction is one of the most dangerous jobs in Georgia, and in the U.S as a whole. There are plenty of different things that can go wrong while working with construction materials, heavy machinery, electrical lines, gas lines, and power tools. However, the vast majority of things that do go wrong can be reduced to a few basic categories. Knowing this, construction companies, landowners, and equipment manufacturers all have a duty to do their part to prevent the most common types of cons...

The Ten Most Dangerous Jobs in Georgia

The question of which jobs in Georgia are the most dangerous is actually a subjective one. Simply counting the dead tells one story. Turning those numbers into percentages, based on the size of an industry, tells another. Tallying up hospital stays, days of recovery, and permanent disabilities produces a different list entirely — some jobs are much more likely to maim than kill. We’ve considered all of these factors while compiling our list of the most dangerous civilian jobs in Georgia. ...

Falling Hazards and Heavy Machinery Can Be a Deadly Workplace Combination

Falling from heights and getting caught in heavy machinery are two of the most common causes of serious workplace injuries, especially for people in the construction industry. Naturally, tall pieces of machinery with open tops can pose both dangers at once, especially if workers must stand near the top of the machine during the course of normal use. Companies that design and distribute large industrial hoppers, mixers, tanks, etc. should be fully aware of how especially hazardous they c...

Construction Operations Have a Duty to Keep Underage Workers Out of Danger

For many young people with a passion for power tools, machinery, and the satisfaction of building things, getting to work on a real construction site is an exciting milestone. Unfortunately, construction is one of the most dangerous professions in the U.S, and the dangers that exist for adults are often even greater for minors. Teenagers’ brains and bodies are not yet fully developed. Because of this, they’re more likely to act impulsively, underestimate risk, and have physical difficulty ...

Construction Workers Have a Right to Reliable Fall Protection

Construction is one of the deadliest careers in the U.S, and falls are the leading cause of on-the-job death for construction workers. Properly safeguarding against these kinds of accidents could save hundreds of lives every year, yet inadequate fall protection on construction sites remains the single most common OSHA (www.osha.gov) violation. Under worker’s comp law, fall victims and their families are not allowed to sue their employers for personal injury or wrongful death. They can only...

Worker’s Comp Is Not Enough to Cover the True Cost of Construction Accidents

Like most workers in the U.S, construction company employees are subject to worker’s comp law. This means that, when a construction worker is injured, the worker’s comp system handles the claim and pays for the worker’s immediate medical expenses. This process is usually fairly quick, because it does not require any proof of fault, but there’s a trade-off. Employees who are eligible for worker’s comp are barred from filing personal injury lawsuits against their employers, even in cases of ...

Construction Workers’ Lives Depend on Strong Safety Protocols, Onsite and Offsite

When a structure is unsafe and needs to be repaired or rebuilt, construction workers are the ones who venture into close proximity with the danger, in order to correct it. This is one part of why construction is one of the most dangerous careers in the U.S. Quality construction work is essential to making the world safe for everyone, but it is possible to make the work itself safer as well. When a construction worker is injured, it’s almost always due to a faulty piece of equipment, a safe...

How much do construction accident lawsuit settlements pay out?

Working on a construction site is one of the most dangerous jobs around. Not only is there heavy equipment everywhere, but huge steel beams, two-by-fours, concrete, welding equipment, nails, and other potentially hazardous objects are all over the construction site. Falls from roofs or scaffolding are also common, as are brain injuries. Every day a construction worker shows up on the job, injury or even death is possible. About 20% of all employee fatalities in private industry in 2019 wer...