Falling debris is a constant source of danger at construction sites. Workers and pedestrians
alike face this threat of injury from: tools that are dropped from ladders,
rooftops, and the like; building demolition projectiles; other materials
that may fall from cranes, hoists and other types of equipment that is
used to lift and move building materials.
Experienced Newburgh construction accident attorneys know that construction site accidents continue to occur throughout the
Autumn months. Even though weather is colder and days are shorter, work
continues to progress and often must be finished prior to winter.
In fact, rushing to get the project completed is a known cause of many
construction site accidents. This is especially true during the Autumn season because jobs may need
to be completed prior to the first frost. Moreover, workers rush so that
work can wrap up prior to nightfall. Even then workers may still be forced
to work well after dark under poorly lit conditions.
It is surely realized that any fallen object can cause serious injury.
Obviously, larger object may cause greater injury. In most cases, a fallen
object will cause head injuries; skull fractures,
traumatic brain injury, concussions, brain bleeding, and can even cause comas and death.
It may take months or even years to recover from serious head trauma. Of
course personal safety equipment helps protect workers from injury, but
larger objects such as cinder blocks and joists are much too heavy and
hardhats cannot keep workers completely safe. Additionally, while workers
have safety equipment, pedestrians do not.
In all urban settings, construction is carried out adjacent to other buildings
and sidewalks where people are walking and working. Objects are known
to have fallen off of roof tops and scaffolding that end up landing on
a pedestrian. Even small objects such as screw drivers and hammers can
cause death to an unprotected pedestrian.
In addition to
head injuries, construction laborers and pedestrians can suffer injuries such as bruises,
cuts, sprains, eye trauma, and fractured bones such as shoulders, collar
bones, fingers, wrists, knees, legs and ankles.
Falling debris is not just limited to single items dropped. Entire structures can collapse,
such as scaffolding and portions of buildings. Sometimes these collapses
are related to structural and building material deficiencies, and other
times the accident is due to cutting corners, rushing, failures to obey
safety practices and or failing to follow proper building standards. Quite
often, workers are not properly trained and such can cause serious accidents.
Contractors and site managers are also known to have not warned people
of possible danger. Employers also rush laborers to complete jobs when
rushing is known to cause accidents that are otherwise preventable.
Learn more about autumn construction accidents in
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