Whenever walking past a construction site in Pittsburgh or elsewhere in Pennsylvania, most of us often think to ourselves, “Okay, what if some object or debris falls on my head right now?” After all, construction accidents caused by falling objects are not rare, yet they are completely preventable.
Our Pittsburgh falling object injury attorney from SMT Legal reminds us that more than 300 construction workers are killed after being struck by a falling object in the workplace. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), more than 52,000 people are injured as a result of being struck by a falling object or debris in or around construction sites each year.
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Regardless of where you were struck by a falling object or debris – on a construction site or out on a busy sidewalk – and regardless of whether you are a construction worker or a pedestrian who was simply walking past the construction site, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your injury caused by a falling object.
If you are a construction worker who has been hurt by a falling object in the workplace, you may be able to file a workers’ comp claim to recover damages from such liable parties as to the owner of the property, general contractors, developers, subcontractors and other construction workers. When pursuing workers compensation benefits, construction workers do not need to prove negligence.
“All they need to get compensated is demonstrate evidence that they were hurt by a job-related condition or in the workplace in the course of employment,” explains our experienced falling object injury attorney Pittsburgh.
Non-workers, on the other hand, will have to prove negligence in order to pursue a personal injury claim against the liable parties who were responsible for causing the falling object accident.
The vast majority of falling object accidents on construction sites are caused by workers or their contractors’ failure to follow safety rules designed to prevent objects from falling from heights. In some construction accidents, a falling object injury is caused by the workers’ failure to install safety nets, fences, or other debris-protection barriers to prevent objects from falling on people and workers.
The most severe injuries caused by falling objects and debris on construction sites are caused by heavy tools and equipment falling from heights to a lower level. What many people do not realize is that even a small object such as a nail can cause serious injury when dropped from heights.
Falling object injuries include but are not limited to:
Also, construction accidents in which workers and pedestrians are hurt by workers falling onto them from heights are not unheard of. More often than not, however, falling object accidents include collapsed scaffolds, falling ladders, and ceiling or roof collapse.
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