All types of construction can be carried out after the sun has set. Although
roadway construction is the most common night time construction activity,
workers in many different construction industries will at some point have
to work after dark.
Experienced Poughkeepsie construction accident attorneys know that the Autumn season is a time of year in which many night time
construction accidents happen. This is because darkness falls earlier
in the day and because contractors are rushing to complete jobs before
frost and snow begins to fall.
Of course laborers can take extra measures to stay safe at night while
working on a construction job. Personal protective equipment such as hard
hats, gloves, shoes, overalls, and glasses can be factory equipped with
reflective material. Lamps can also be seated on head and eye protection.
If not factory equipped, the worker can adhere reflective tape to the
gear. It does not have to be fancy so long as it is practical. Simply
avoiding darker colors when dressing can make a worker more visible to others.
While it is important for workers to consider using safety equipment, construction
laborers should take note that construction site owners, contractors,
and sub contractors must take measures to keep the work site safe for
Consider construction that which occurs on a building’s interior.
The owner and or occupier must keep stairwells and hallways properly lit.
In fact, all areas accessible to the construction crew must be so lit.
Since the construction worker is employed by a contractor and or sub contractor,
those employees are entitled to a certain degree of safety that which
must be provided by the employer.
Construction accidents caused by dimly lit areas can bring liability. This means that property owners and construction
employers can both be responsible to provide adequate work site lighting.
As you see, since construction projects often involve multiple parties,
many different people may be held accountable for a construction worker’s
injuries. Whoever had owed a duty to keep the property and work site safe
from the type of accident that occurred can be liable to the injured laborer.
The type of suit can vary depending on who the culpable party is. If the
injury at night occurred because a property owner did not maintain the
premises properly, the litigation can be founded on premises liability
theories. If a contractor or sub contractor failed to provide an adequately
lit work place, the litigation can be founded in standard negligence.
There could be statutory grounds for a worker’s law suit; such as
New York scaffolding laws.
In short, when laborers are injured at night on construction sites, there
are many avenues by which they can hold the site owner, contractor, and
or sub contractor liable for any and all injuries.
Learn more about autumn construction accidents inour article available by clicking here. Read about falling debris and how it can cause serious personal injury in
our blog post available here. Debris on construction sites can be dangerous and cause trip and fall
accidents; find out more about the liabilityavailable here. Motor vehicle accidents with construction trucks can result in serious
personal injury and death due to their sheer size—find out more in our
blog post available here.
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