Common Types of Construction Site Accidents in Shelby
Construction sites represent one of the most dangerous workplaces. Although state and federal safety regulations are intended to keep construction workers and others safe, construction site accidents still happen – especially when site owners and contractors flout safety rules or try to cut corners.
Some of the most common construction site accidents that occur in the Shelby, NC area include:
- Accidents involving tools, equipment, and machinery, especially when tools, equipment, or machinery are defective designed or manufactured, or if inadequate safety measures are put in place to protect construction workers while using them.
- Motor vehicle accidents. Construction sites often host numerous vehicles, including work trucks, delivery vehicles, tractor-trailers, loaders, forklifts, and dump trucks. The chaos of a construction site can put workers at risk of an accident involving a motor vehicle. Construction workers can also face the possibility of motor vehicle accidents at construction sites on or near roadways.
- Explosions and fires. Many construction sites are filled with considerable quantities of explosive or flammable materials. Disregard of safety procedures, especially when using tools and equipment that can ignite explosive or flammable materials, creates a significant risk of a devastating explosion or fire.
- Electrocutions. Electrocution constitutes a serious risk, especially on construction sites working with power lines or electrical cables.
- Crush or entrapment accidents. Construction workers can end up getting crushed between heavy objects, such as between a forklift and a wall, for example. Workers in trenches, basements, or other subterranean worksites also face the risk of crush or entrapment accidents if their workspace suffers a cave-in or collapse.
- Falls. Falls represent one of the most serious and common construction accidents. Falls can include slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accidents or may involve the more deadly falls-from-heights.
- Struck-by accidents. Unsecured heavy objects can fall from heights, such as off a roof or scaffolding, or can be dropped from a crane or winch. Falling objects can crush and injure unsuspecting victims below.
A construction site accident can result in any number of catastrophic or life-threatening injuries, including head injuries and traumatic brain injury, burns, electrocutions, crush injuries, spinal cord injuries, and paralysis, or amputations. As a result, someone who suffers injuries in a construction site accident may be able to seek compensation for their injuries and losses.
Construction workers injured on the job may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits under North Carolina law. These benefits may include:
- Reasonable and necessary medical expenses, including transportation expenses to and from appointments and procedures.
- Temporary disability benefits, which provide partial wage replacement during recovery.
- Permanent disability benefits, which can provide compensation for the loss of a body part or body function, or provide indefinite wage replacement if an injured worker cannot perform any gainful work.
When a non-employer third party causes a worker to suffer injury in a construction site accident – such as the manufacturer of a defective tool or piece of equipment, or a negligent driver making a delivery to a worksite – the injured worker may also be entitled to pursue a personal injury claim against that third party.
Bystanders and passersby who are injured in construction accidents also can bring personal injury claims to recover compensation for their losses. A personal injury claim can provide compensation for:
- Costs of medical treatment and rehabilitation from injuries
- Long-term personal care expenses
- Lost income and earning capacity, including full replacement of lost past and future, expected income
- Pain and suffering
- Lost quality of life, including from disfigurement, disability, or reduced life expectancy
- Loss of consortium, or compensation paid to your spouse or close family members for the loss of your companionship due to your injuries
North Carolina Construction Accident Statistics
If you’ve been injured on the job in a construction accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and other losses. Don’t let the opportunity for financial recovery pass you by.
Contact the Shelby construction accident lawyers of Teddy, Meekins & Talbert, P.L.L.C. today for a consultation to learn more about how our attorneys can fight to pursue the compensation and benefits you deserve.