Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Protecting Yourself From Defective Construction

Construction sites always carry threats on the life of its workers. Injuries sustained in industrial accidents can be devastating. It can result to personal injuries as well as death. Construction site injuries are governed by personal injury and product liability laws.

In a report released by the U.S. Department of Labor and Statistics, 15 to 20% of workers’ compensation claims resulted from injuries in the workplace with 1,400 on-the-job deaths recorded annually. The sad fact is that these accidents are foreseeable and can be prevented if site owners have exerted efforts in making sure that their environment is free from any defects. This is a case of negligence on the part of the site owners and they can be held liable for damages.

Various measures can be initiated in order to prevent similar accidents from happening. First, warning signs should be conspicuously placed within the construction site. By doing so, workers can pinpoint which section of the site they can prevent.

Second, equipments and machines should always be inspected to make sure that they are working properly. Any defective product that causes injuries or accidents to the workers may make them liable for construction liability.

Third, the construction site owners should not hesitate in training their people to use the safety equipments and always remind them to use protective gear.

Finally, if you sustain a slip and fall injury while doing your work, getting the help of a lawyer is your best defense. They can ensure that you are compensated for any broken limb or injuries that you may sustain from your job.