The construction industry in Boston and surrounding areas of Massachusetts is booming. To be sure, one need only walk around the state to see development occurring just about everywhere; there are at least nine major development projects happening in Boston alone.
While construction fuels the economy and provides jobs, construction sites can also be dangerous for workers and those who pass through or near a construction site. Consider these common hazards at construction sites, as well as what to do if you’re injured–
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that there are more than 50,000 “struck by falling object” worker injuries recorded per year in the United States. That means that there’s an injury caused by a falling/dropped object about once every 10 minutes. This number that does not include construction site falling object-related injuries to non-construction workers.
Unsafe Walking Areas
Unsafe walking areas, both on the ground and at a height, are another common cause of injury. Broken sidewalks, depressions and holes in walking areas, uncovered manholes, a lack of proper restraints and safety equipment when working at heights, and more are all common on construction sites. This can be dangerous for workers and any pedestrians in the area.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Construction crews rely on a number of moving vehicles in order to do their jobs efficiently. What’s more, construction crews often work around motor vehicles alongside highways and roadways throughout our state. As such, the risk of a motor vehicle accident happening at or near a construction site is common. Indeed, in 2017 alone, there were 799 total work zone fatalities, as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation Work Zone Management Program. Crashes can involve construction workers and occupants of motor vehicles passing through a work site.
Finally, another common cause of injury at a construction site is that of a structural collapse. Buildings, trenches, bridges, walls, and scaffolding all have the potential to collapse as a result of a failure to adhere to safety regulations, defective equipment, or another type of negligence.’
What to Do If You’re Injured at a Construction Site
Those who are injured as a result of a construction site accident have legal rights. Construction workers not only maintain the right to file a workers’ compensation claim for damages, but also a third-party liability claim against someone other than their employer when appropriate. Non-workers, such as drivers of non-construction vehicles, passersby, and pedestrians also maintain the right to file a civil action for damages.
Our Massachusetts Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help
If you have been injured at a construction site, you may be coping with severe injuries and financial losses. To learn more about your legal rights and how our Massachusetts personal injury lawyers can help you, please call our law firm directly for a free consultation and more information about steps to take next. You can reach us today at (617) 933-3858.