Just as other dangerous occupations in Florida and throughout the United States, many hard working construction workers continue to put their lives on the line to earn an honest living and get their jobs done correctly. With the increase in construction projects, comes an increase in construction accidents and many of them are the result of inadequate training and lack of experience. Construction workers who lack the proper training to do their jobs, put themselves and others around them at a greater risk of sustaining a severe injury, sickness, and even death.
If you were hurt at a construction site as a result of improper safety training, it is important to understand your rights to seek financial compensation. If it is found that a construction accident was caused by a worker who lacked the necessary safety training, the construction company could be held liable for your medical needs, pain and suffering, and lost wages if you missed work while recovering. Having a licensed lawyer represent your construction accident injury claim could help you pursue the full and fair amount of compensation you may need for a healthy recovery.
The law firm of Frankl & Kominsky has more than four decades of combined legal experience, which also includes cases involving injuries caused by construction accidents. Our aim is to help you learn your legal rights and fight for the proper amount of compensation you legally deserve. If you have a valid claim, we could help you hold negligent construction companies accountable for your damages.
Read on to learn more about the importance of construction safety training and how employers and property owners may be held liable for your injuries. Knowing your legal rights from a qualified construction accident attorney could help you pursue the fair amount of compensation you may legally deserve.
Ways Construction Safety Training Can Help Prevent Injuries
While there may be various ways construction safety training can help avoid injuries, some of the most common are:
Proper use of equipment – Since construction workers often use heavy materials, machinery, and other dangerous equipment, it is critical for workers to be thoroughly trained to help prevent harm to themselves and others around them. When inexperienced construction workers operate heavy machinery incorrectly, the results could be deadly. Improper use or installation of electrical equipment could cause a dangerous shock or electrocution, which could result in long-term nerve damage and possible death.
Maintenance of equipment – When construction workers or maintenance companies fail to have their equipment inspected and properly maintained, the repercussions could end up causing serious injuries, which can sometimes be fatal. The same holds true for any equipment, tools, building materials or other debris, which may be accidentally left behind by construction workers. For example, a simple nail or screw left on the road could cause a tire blowout, which can lead to a serious car crash and severe injuries.
Preventing slips and falls – Oftentimes, construction areas can be wet and slippery due to rain and water used for purposes such as cleaning and making cement. Gravel, sand, and other construction materials can make the situation worse. Since construction workers often work in elevated areas, a serious fall could cause catastrophic injuries, which can sometimes be deadly.
Proper use of PPE – Although most construction companies usually adhere to OSHA standards by providing sufficient Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), some employers may try to cut corners by not providing the proper PPE to their workers. When a construction worker is not properly protected to perform his or her job, the results could cause immediate and/or long-term damage. For example, many construction workers who fail to use proper face coverings while working in an old building, could be at risk of mesothelioma, which is a type of lung cancer caused by inhaling asbestos dust particles. A mesothelioma diagnosis may take up to 20 years after initial exposure before being detected by medical tests.
Preventing falling objects – When construction equipment, building materials or other heavy debris are not properly secured, construction workers, drivers, and other passerby could be at risk of severe injuries caused by falling objects. Construction workers who are not properly trained to secure these objects could be held accountable for causing injuries.
Providing safety precautions – Construction work is one of the most physically demanding jobs in the world. In addition to the physical nature of the job, these workers also have to deal with adverse weather conditions, since they are usually working outdoors. This could cause workers to become fatigued, which may cause them to make mistakes, such as failing to provide or adhere to the proper safety requirements needed to prevent potential injuries. For example, if a highway construction worker fails to provide warning signs for drivers on an unpaved road, which then results in a car accident. In this case, the worker and the construction company could be held liable for damages sustained by the driver.
If you were injured at a construction site due to any of the above situations, you could be eligible for financial compensation to pay for your injuries. Inquiring with a licensed lawyer is highly recommended to help determine the true value of your claim.
Talk to a Lawyer With a Great Background
While there are many personal injury law firms in Florida, it may make it more difficult to choose the right one to represent your construction accident claim. This is why it is important to speak with a lawyer who has a great background with a proven track record of successful settlements and verdicts.
At the law firm of Frankl & Kominsky, we aim to protect the rights of injury victims in the Boynton Beach area and beyond (by appointment). Co-founder, Ethan F. Kominsky is dedicated to helping underrepresented and underserved injury victims in the community. From 2008-2010, he proudly served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Palm Beach County Justice Association.
Our firm has handled more than 6,000 cases combined, which includes cases involving construction accidents. Watch our video testimonials page to see what our past clients have to say about our legal services.
If you or a loved one was injured in a construction accident, schedule a cost-free, initial consultation and learn whether you may be eligible to receive financial compensation to pay for past, present, and future medical bills, loss of income, pain and suffering, and other expenses related to your injuries.
Contact Frankl & Kominsky today by calling (561) 800-8000 or by filling out a free online form.