Being struck by a falling object on a construction site can cause absolutely devastating injuries, and if the object is heavy enough, its velocity can cause extreme injuries or be fatal. When a mistake is made on a construction site and someone is hit by a falling object, it is important to seek justice for the victim or the victim’s family.
Construction sites can present many dangerous conditions for individuals working at the site. When people think of construction injuries, they usually assume they were injured by equipment malfunction or falling, but some of the most serious construction site injuries occur as the result of falling items.
Most Common Injuries
Falling objects can cause all types of injuries. The extent of falling object injuries a construction worker might sustain depends on the size and weight of the object, the height from which it fell, whether its fall was slowed by other objects, and whether or not the victim was wearing protective gear. The most common injuries sustained by a falling object include:
- Broken bones
- Neck and back injuries
- Permanent disabilities
- Traumatic brain injury
Falling object accidents on construction sites occur when tools, machinery, materials, or even a worker falls from a height and strikes someone below, causing severe injuries or death. There are many different causes of these types of accidents, including:
- Defective equipment
- Failure to inspect tools and equipment
- Improperly stored or stacked materials
- Lack of proper safety gear and equipment
- Lack of training
- Lack of warning signs or barricades
- Overloaded equipment
- Structure collapse
- Unsecured items being hoisted or moved with a crane
Unfortunately, many falling object accidents at construction sites could have been prevented, so when the property owner, supervisor, manager, contractor, subcontractor, or equipment maker fails to put the safety of workers first, they should be held responsible for the harm caused.
Suffering a construction workplace injury can be very stressful, so let our experienced attorneys, who understand the complex laws that apply to these cases, provide you legal support. Don’t hesitate to contact our team today by filling out our form or calling 1-800-590-4116. We are hard-working lawyers for hard-working people.