Experienced Poughkeepsie construction site accident attorneys litigate numerous cases that which involve instances where workers and
pedestrians tripped and fell on work site debris. It is impossible to
list all the materials that can be found lying on the ground at work sites.
But the obvious includes nails, bolts, rocks, bricks, tools, ropes, chains,
glass, etc., etc. Piles of rubble are everywhere.
Part of this is simply natural to the construction environment. For example,
large construction projects will have debris “fields” or zones,
where trucks safely pile rubble from demolished buildings. Eventually,
trucks come and remove the waste to a construction material landfill.
Unfortunately, sometimes construction debris is negligently, recklessly,
and or carelessly left to accumulate on the ground which can cause
construction accidents. Good construction practices dictate that the work zone be cleaned throughout
the day and at shift’s end.
In the Autumn months when contractors are rushing to finish jobs before
night fall and the winter season, such recommended practice is often cast
aside. Such can be a conscious choice of builders and laborers; they rush
to construct and care not about safety. Other times, night falls before
workers had the time to clean and prepare for the next day.
Ground debris can cause serious injury even if the worker does not end
up falling. Glass and nails can pierce shoes and clothing, for example.
These materials are dirty and even rusty. A simple cut at first glance,
can turn into a serious infection. But when a laborer does trip and fall,
numerous injuries can result.
The impact between a falling person and the ground is actually quite violent.
People break limbs when simply falling on grass. So obviously, falling
is traumatic to the human body. But construction site trip and falls are
more dangerous. This is because of work site debris. Such debris causes
the initial trip and then additional debris can increase the seriousness
of one’s injuries.
Naturally, a trip and fall on an elevated position, such as when on
scaffolding, can land the worker to fall entirely off of the elevated level
and onto the ground below. A multi-story fall can easily cause death. If the fallen worker survives,
serious fractures to the heel, leg, and upper torso can result. If multiple
limbs are fractured, the laborer may not be able to walk again from months.
This means no work, no income, and mounting medical and general debts.
Let’s not forget that construction site debris when left to multiply
can spread to property adjacent to the work site. Therefore, pedestrians
walking next to a construction zone can also trip and fall on construction debris.
Learn more about autumn construction accidents in
our article available by clicking here. Read about falling debris and how it can cause serious personal injury in
our blog post available here.
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Mainetti, Mainetti, and O’Connor, P.C. have over 100 years of combined experience working with victims of personal
injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
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