Los Angeles and its environs are bustling places, seeing rapid growth and constant construction. The building that overlaps much of the area helps promote economic growth as the city is the home to industry, ports, and entertainment. Many buildings are built every year. Even more are rehabbed or fixed to meet current code. No matter what the reason for the changes, there is a current demand for construction work and laborers.
Construction work can be dangerous, though. It is not uncommon to see injuries of all types stemming from the industry. There are cases of large falls leading to long-term problems. There are cases of heavy equipment, such as bulldozers, CATs, and cranes that could cause severe injury. There are even cases of hidden dangers, such as faulty wiring, that could cause severe problems for you or a loved one.
If you or a member of your family has been victimized by such an accident, you may be due compensation. You need to make sure that such an issue does not happen to anyone else. Ehline Law Firm PC is an experienced, Los Angeles-based agency that is known for our fighting for our clients. Our clients become our partners and we make sure that they are taken care of. We have successfully fought for millions of dollars of compensation for those that needed it. We have covered injuries on both private and public lands in the state of California. Any injury is unacceptable.
Contractor's Duty to Prevent Injury
Employers and contractors of job sites and projects have a legal and moral duty to keep construction zones free from danger for their workers. These duties include promulgation and enforcement of rules to keep equipment, workers, and structures safe. It includes making proper inspections and proper training of on site supervisors and foremen.
The building industry is legally bound by state, local, and federal regulations that govern health, safety and welfare of craftspeople, tradespeople, and blue collar laborers. These can include workers such as ditch diggers, etc. There are regulations set forth in the local building codes, federal laws like Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSHA). This set of rules even has its own enforcement agency called the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. All these statutes, codes, etc., are intended to prevent and mitigate worker and bystander types injuries that are related to construction sites. They also act as a vehicle for worker education, promoting safety and accident avoidance, such as tailgate meetings.
All of these regulations can be canceled out by a foreman or owner’s negligence. California’s large construction boom has caused an increase of activity in cities such as Orange, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Yorba Linda, and Marina del Rey, among others. As noted, construction is an industry with a high risk for injury. In fact, many crafts and trades are inherently dangerous activities.
There are other injuries other than just those on the construction site. There could be injuries based around hazardous waste, acetylene torches, welding, severe burns, falling objects, and failure of safety equipment. These events could lead to injuries such as skull fractures, concussions, amputation of limbs and fingers, blindness, burns, chemical burns, scalding, contusions, gashes, and broken bones. If you, a co-worker, or a loved one has faced an injury like these you need to make sure that you talk to an advocate that can help remedy the situation.
Construction: Third in Death Statistics
Unfortunately, construction accidents rank third for deaths in all major industries. For every 100,000 workers, 15 die. There are many types of building accidents, even those that are not as obvious. Injuries can occur at any time– facing people that fall from heights, using heavy equipment, or catastrophic failure. Even other issues, such lead, asbestos, and paint fumes can cause severe debilitation. People both on and around the site can be injured.
In most cases there are policies and procedures, and site supervisors to assure the work zone environment is safe. This should include sending workers home if there is foul weather, or roping off an area that is a risk for falling debris, or toxic fumes, or other hazards. This also calls for making reasonable inspections for hazardous surroundings. Failure to exercise reasonable care in the active operations of a job site is negligence.
If you are faced with such a situation, don’t allow yourself or a loved one to be taken advantage of. Call 1-888-400-9721 for a free evaluation of your case by a Los Angeles construction accident lawyer. We have the experience necessary to help you overcome these issues. We fight to hold the parties who caused your injuries responsible.
We know that the land development industry is subject to regulations and controls– but injuries still happen every day. We have the knowledge to go after employers, architects, general contractors, sub-contractors, manufacturers, and job site owners for your damages. If your loved one suffered an injury fatality while working at a job site, call for a consultation at 1-888-400-9721. Ehline Law is ready to fight in your corner!