Safe Construction Workplace: Still an Impossible Reality?

In 1908, the Workers’ compensation insurance law was enacted to give assistance to the growing number of employees, mostly construction workers, who get injured during work or who develop work-related illnesses. Construction workers are the ones most prone to job site injuries due to the danger they are faced and surrounded with, such as great heights and big, powerful equipment necessary to perform their job. These dangers can easily be prevented, though, if safety standards implemented by their state and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are strictly observed.

More than a thousand construction workers are injured on the job every year. Some of these injuries are due to the employer’s failure to properly train workers in the operation of machinery, implement safety standards or inspect and repair construction equipment, which include cranes, bulldozers, backhoes, derricks, cherry pickers, drilling machines, trucks, earth moving equipment, power tools, power saws and nail guns, welding equipment, concrete pumps, scaffolding and aerial work platforms. Another reason, however, which makes construction sites more dangerous and accidents more deadly, is equipment failure due to defects.

The website of Levinson Axelrod, P.A., states how employees reasonably believe that any equipment purchased by their employers will function without risk of accident or injury, so that any fault in design or manufacturing which leads to injury, is a clear betrayal of the trust given to manufacturers.

Defective construction equipment or suspicion of defects on equipment ought to be reported to superiors immediately; these tools or machineries ought to be tagged properly too and removed from the work area due to the danger of being picked up or used by an unaware co-worker. Failure to do so can lead to an accident which can severely injure or even take the life of someone.

Defective equipment are usually due to poor design or manufacturing means not in accordance with the design (proper warning labels should also inform the consumers and users of the products’ risks if used incorrectly). Manufacturers have a great responsibility if their defective products end up injuring someone and, through the help of a knowledgeable and determined personal injury lawyer, bringing the liable party to justice and filing for compensation due to your injuries are concerns you should never back away from.