Construction sites are consistently named as one of the most hazardous
places to work. When identifying the industries with the highest rate
of on-the-job injuries, construction almost always tops the list.
A common cause of construction accidents is issues with equipment. Construction
workers are required to use heavy machinery and power tools that, if not
properly functioning, can be dangerous.
Depending on the circumstances of an incident, the liability for resulting
injuries may fall on the manufacturer or retailer of the equipment, but
partial or full fault could also fall on coworkers or an employer.
Construction Accidents Caused by Malfunctioning Equipment
In some construction accident cases, the at-fault party may be the company
who produced or sold the tools that caused injury to workers. Equipment
that has a design or manufacturing defect, causing it to work incorrectly,
can severely harm users. A retailer can be held liable for on-site injuries
if they were aware of any defects in the equipment they sold to a construction
company or worker(s).
Cases in Which a Coworker or Employer is at Fault
On a construction site, it is the responsibility of all workers, and their
employers, to safely operate equipment. When important measures are overlooked,
unsafe tools can harm employees.
Employers are responsible for providing complete training on safe equipment
use. If an employer fails to explain proper handling of the tools their
employees need to do their job, and their lack of education results in
an injury, the employer can be held legally liable for any related expenses.
Worker negligence, such as operating equipment under the influence, or
other forms of misconduct, can harm others on a job site. Most construction
equipment is complex, and requires careful attention to operate safely.
Employees who fail to commit to safely using tools can endanger others
at their job.
Improper equipment maintenance can contribute to construction accidents
as well. Workers, employers, or manufacturers may be responsible for maintaining
equipment, depending on the processes on a specific job site.
The presence of large vehicles, intricate tools, and sensitive electrical
equipment makes a construction site a dangerous place to work, where safety
is the responsibility of everyone. Determining liability in an accident
case involves an in-depth evaluation of every person’s success in
maintaining the responsibility.
If you have been injured while working in construction, our firm can help
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