According to Time Magazine, certain construction jobs are among the Top 10 most dangerous jobs in America. This should come as little surprise to workers in Philadelphia who are surrounded by heavy equipment, the constant movement of construction materials, and electric and plumbing installations. Many jobs on a construction site can lead to serious injuries, burns, electric shocks, being crushed, or even being killed. There is an elevated level of activity at construction sites, and that can lead to reckless or negligent actions that may entitle you to be compensated if you are the victim of an onsite accident.
Every construction site is unique. Every construction site also has the potential to produce serious injuries when safety protocols are not followed. The key to successfully getting the compensation you’re entitled to after an accident is to determine who is responsible for your injuries.
Many times, the general contractor can be held liable since they have authority over the entire project. But in some cases, they turn specific types of work over to sub-contractors who then must assume liability. This can be the case when electricians, plumbers, steelworkers or heavy equipment operators are on site and managing a specific project function. There are also instances of equipment manufacturers being held accountable if they do not place safe equipment on a job site. At other times, project engineers or even architects may be found responsible due to lack of training.
If you have been injured while on the job at a construction site, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries. To protect your rights and get the payout you deserve, you need to talk with a law firm who is experienced in construction accident law. Contact Master Weinstein and Moyer as soon as you can after an accident to discuss your options. We serve clients in Philadelphia and surrounding Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York communities.