Santa Barbara Construction Accident Attorney
Construction Site Injuries
Anyone can be injured at work. In most cases, if the injury is serious enough to require medical care or renders the person unable to work for an extended time period, California's workers' compensation system will cover the medical expenses and a portion of the worker's lost wages. In exchange for those benefits, employers are protected from lawsuits…generally.
In the construction and manufacturing industries, however, accidents are commonplace. More often than not, they involve the potential for lawsuits against third parties.
At NordstrandBlack PC, we represent factory workers, construction industry workers, and others who have been injured in on-the-job accidents in Southern California. For decades, our attorneys have been helping others - workers who've stood in the same shoes you're in today - obtain compensation above and beyond what workers' compensation would otherwise provide.
Let us fight for you now. Call (805) 962-2022.
Common Types of Construction Accidents
Many different accidents and injuries can occur at workplaces like construction sites or industrial plants:
- Falls – Fall are the single most common construction-related accident. Falls can happen due to a trip, especially if materials and tools are left lying around; as well as from heights like scaffolds or into unguarded trenches. All falls can have serious consequences, yet most are avoidable through proper safety precautions by supervisors.
- Struck by Objects - Materials move quickly at a construction site. Workers can be struck by objects, including machines that are being carried by other workers. Falling objects also present a danger to workers and pedestrians on the ground, which is why care must always be taken by those up on scaffolds. The construction company should consider a net or other guard to protect those below.
- Electric Shocks - Shocks from machines that are used improperly or poorly maintained can result in serious injuries. All construction personnel must be trained before being allowed to use machines at a worksite, and all devices must be maintained and checked for problems or defects regularly.
- Burns - Burns from welding torches and similar equipment can be painful and quite dangerous. Workers must always wear protective gear, including gloves, face masks, and eye covering. Managers at worksites should watch to make sure their workers are using safety gear properly.
- Forklift Accidents - Workers must always keep their eyes open for forklifts and know where they are being used. At the same time, forklift operators need to be properly licensed and watch for other people when they are driving to avoid potentially fatal accidents.
- Nail Gun Negligence - Using a nail gun can speed up construction; these devices propel nails at very high speeds with tremendous force. If they are used improperly, serious injuries and fatalities can occur. Everyone using a nail gun should be trained in how to do so safely, and anyone acting irresponsibly with one should be reprimanded or terminated from employment.
- Compressed Gas - Compressors and other machines using compressed gas present a clear danger. If not used properly, or when combined with other dangerous conditions, these items have the potential to explode. Worksite managers should always know where gas tanks are and how they are being used to ensure safety.
- Shoring Trenches - Shoring up a trench properly is vital. If shoring is not done properly, there is a risk of the trench collapsing and crushing workers. These types of accidents are often fatal or result in lifelong disabilities.
Minor injuries from construction accidents include bruises and cuts, as well as broken bones and damage to internal organs. Due to the weight and power of construction equipment and building materials, serious injuries to the neck, back, and spinal cord also occur, which can result in lifelong pain and paralysis. Head injuries can lead to brain damage, mental impairment, and drastic changes in lifestyle. In the worst cases, death can occur.
File a Construction Accident Claim
Industrial, manufacturing, and construction accidents can be caused by any number of things. Most lawsuits, however, involve serious or fatal injuries suffered because of a defective product, an employer's willful disregard for safety, or the negligence of a person or business other than the injured worker's own employer.
Our practice includes cases involving OSHA violations, malfunctioning tools and equipment, falls from unsecured ladders, scaffold accidents, contractor or subcontractor negligence, injuries from falling objects, and cases where appropriate safety guards on machines were not included in the manufacturer's design or where they had been deliberately removed by employers.
In every case, our firm acts quickly to protect your rights and begins an independent investigation, working with experts as needed and exploring all potential sources of liability in the process. You will also have an experienced attorney working with you, managing the preparation of your case and personally representing you every step of the way - a benefit that you will not often find at larger and more high-volume law firms.
Santa Barbara Lawyers Representing the Injured
If you and your family have been harmed as the result of an industrial or construction accident, we encourage you to call our Santa Barbara injury lawyers at (805) 962-2022 for a free consultation.
There is no obligation to hire us. There are no legal fees to pay unless we win.
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration
- The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
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