Usually when you think of someone getting hurt at a construction site, you automatically assume it is a worker. Although most construction site accidents do involve injuries to workers and we typically represent injured workers, there are still many cases of non-workers becoming construction site accident victims, whether they just passed by at the wrong time, or fell victim to a neglected hazard.
If you are an injured victim of a construction accident, continue reading to learn some important information that could be relevant to your case.
Situations like these tend to happen more often in cities where construction site management teams have difficulty separating their building projects from the general public. Regardless of this challenge, builders and contractors still have the responsibility to protect regular citizens/non-workers from harm and danger.
Guarding public safety always plays a major role in any company’s construction safety management plan. In fact, cities and towns require builders to adhere to rules and regulations governing the protection of the general public. Some local regulations obligate construction managers to appoint a safety manager on-site to be sure nothing is overlooked. Part of a construction site safety plan must implement certain preventative measures to create well-defined boundaries, including fencing and gates to block non-permitted individuals, as well as, DO NOT ENTER signs, warning signs, and more.
Common Construction Site Hazards and Accidents
There are many things that can go wrong on a construction site. Aside from all the dangerous machinery, tools, and materials used to complete a project, coupled with risky work locations, there is also human error and negligence to consider. Some of the most common types of construction site accidents involve falling objects, machinery defects, slip and falls, and traffic accidents.
☑ Falling Objects – Falling objects can severely injure and even kill a person. Whether from a short or long height, falling objects can be equally detrimental. To prevent falling object accidents, construction site management should have sidewalk sheds cover walkways, as well as, netting to catch any potential falling debris or objects.
☑ Falling in Holes – Holes are a common cause of accidents on construction sites. People, both workers and regular citizens/non-workers, have literally fallen victim to unmarked or unguarded holes, trenches, and other deep cavities dug into the ground.
☑ Traffic Accidents – Not only can workers and pedestrians be harmed by such equipment, drivers can too. When construction zones are not sufficiently policed or marked or clearly defined to the general public, it can lead to drivers veering onto a construction site and in harm’s way, or worse.
Construction Site Accident Claims
If you were hurt in a construction site accident in Indiana, whether as an ordinary citizen or a worker, contact the Law Office of Craven, Hoover, and Blazek P.C. at 317-881-2700 to learn how to obtain compensation for your injuries and damages. Our seasoned personal injury lawyers can obtain a full and fair settlement to cover your medical expenses, hospital bills, lost work wages, pain, suffering, and more. We offer free initial consultations, so there is no obligation to simply discuss your potential claim. Best of all, we work on contingency, which means you pay nothing unless we recover a settlement for you!