What Are the Common Causes of Serious Construction Injuries?
August 21, 2018Posted on: August 21, 2018
A 20-year-old construction worker was killed in a construction accident in Pomona, California recently. The accident involved a telescopic forklift, which is a common tool that construction workers use to transport items within the construction site. According to California Highway Patrol, the worker was going eastbound on a dirt road south of the San Bernardino freeway when the forklift traveled down an embankment and ejected him from the vehicle. Accidents like these are not rare in California construction zones, and there are many other ways a construction worker can become seriously injured while on site.
What Are Common Construction Accidents in California?
- Construction workers are at constant risk of falling from tall heights while working on scaffolding, cranes, ladders and roofs.
- Unsecure falling objects. Workers are also at risk for being struck by falling objects from above. Workers’ tools or other construction materials could become loose and fall.
- Equipment failures or mishandling. Heavy machinery could fail or become dangerous at any time. This can occur from manufacturing or design defects and improperly maintained equipment. If equipment has been proven to be dangerous due to a manufacturer or servicing company’s negligence, workers could potentially file a product liability lawsuit.
- Vehicle run-overs. Workers could also be run over by vehicles that are backing out of construction sites, or they can be crushed between vehicles and walls.
- Fires and explosions. Hazardous materials and conditions can lead to fires and explosions. Exposed wires, leaking pipes and flammable toxins can result in serious or fatal injuries.
- Building collapses. Trenches that are being built can collapse with workers still inside. Buildings that are being demolished or constructed can also suddenly collapse, which can kill and seriously injure construction workers.
- Repetitive motion injuries. Constant physical labor for construction workers can result in repetitive motion injuries, such as joint and muscle damage or heat stress in certain conditions.
If you are a Los Angeles construction worker who has been injured due to another person’s negligence, you could potentially seek compensation for your injuries in court. Contact our attorneys at Ramey Law, P.C. today for a consultation.