Common causes of construction accidents
Construction accidents can happen for many reasons in Colorado. Whether the cause was improper safety procedures or defective equipment, it’s critical to conduct a thorough investigation. At Bell & Pollock, our lawyers take every construction accident seriously. Any accident, even a seemingly minor one, can change the lives of construction workers and their families forever. One false move can result in a permanent disability that restricts a person’s ability to function or even prevents them from ever working again.
The following are some of the common types of construction accidents:
Crane accident: Cranes are one of the most common causes of construction accidents. In an instant, a construction worker can sustain a traumatic brain injury due to a blow to the head caused by an overhead crane or tower crane. A crane operator can also be seriously hurt if the crane topples over due to not being properly secured or if the construction site is unsafe. Workers can also be struck by falling or swinging loads, injured in falls from the tops of tower cranes, electrocuted by contact with overhead or underground power lines, or even crushed when the entire crane tips over and falls.
Electrocution accident: Electrocution accidents are not unusual on certain job sites. The risk of electrocution accident is present on nearly every construction site and two-fifths of all electrocution accidents are due to contact with overhead lines. On-the-job electrocution injuries typically require a long, painful recovery. An electrocution accident can result in electrical burns, arc burns and thermal contact burns, resulting in severe neurological damage, paralysis or even death.
Falls from a height: Some jobs require people to work high above the ground, where a slip or wrong move can have disastrous consequences. When someone falls from a height at work, whether it’s a roofing accident, a crane accident or a scaffolding accident, the results are typically catastrophic. Construction workers are often paralyzed due to a spinal cord injury or sustain some other severe injury and are unable to work ever again. In certain extreme cases, construction workers who fall from great heights are killed, possibly resulting in a wrongful death lawsuit in Colorado.
Forklift accident: Forklifts can pose a real danger to workers at construction sites and other industrial workplaces, in factories and in warehouses. Sometimes, the conditions are not safe at the construction site. Other times, there are mechanical problems with forklifts due to poor maintenance or defective parts, which could be grounds for dangerous products cases. Driver error can be an issue, especially if the forklift operator did not receive the proper training or was operating a forklift under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Scaffolding collapse: Anyone who works on scaffolding knows that one false move can have disastrous consequences. Some construction workers or companies sometimes try to cut corners to try to save time or money. As a result, scaffolding is sometimes not safely erected or inspected at a construction site. The