There are a number of reasons as to why a construction accident might happen. Whether they be the direct result of a defective piece of machinery, unsafe equipment or lack of protection from falling objects, the injuries that construction workers often sustain are quite severe and debilitating. However, despite these common causes for construction accidents and injuries, one of the most egregious causes is when they are caused by a supervisor’s negligence. At Proner & Proner, we believe that every construction worker deserves peace of mind and protection when they go to work. When that doesn’t happen, it’s important to know what your options for compensation are – and most importantly, how a skilled personal injury attorney can help you recover it.
How Can a Site Supervisor Be Responsible for a Construction Accident?
Oftentimes, construction companies have several projects going on at the same time, meaning that they will most likely have multiple crews working at different sites throughout the day. Because of this, construction companies will hire site supervisors to not only manage the team and keep projects on track but to help monitor everyone’s safety. The unfortunate truth is that many construction accidents are often preventable.
One of the biggest ways that a supervisor can be held liable for a construction accident is if he or she failed to implement safety rules or follow protocol. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration – or, OSHA – outlines what these rules and regulations are. Such safety regulations include:
- Using the correct ladder to complete a task
- Keeping scaffolds at least 10 feet from electrical power lines at all times
- Covering floor holes to prevent falls
- Ensuring that trenches are inspected prior to entry after excessive surcharge loads, vibrations or rainstorms
- Not transferring loads over workers
- Keeping a Material Safety Data Sheet for each chemical in the facility
- Ensuring that loads don’t exceed the crane’s capacity
- Ensuring all forklift operators are properly trained and certified
- Ensuring workers wear the proper gloves for tasks, i.e. welding gloves for welding projects and heavy duty rubber gloves when working on concrete
- Ensuring that all workers wear hard hats and that they are in good condition
If a supervisor fails to implement one of these safety regulations, they will likely be held responsible for any accidents and injuries that are sustained while completing a task.
Why Would a Supervisor Be Negligent?
Most times, a supervisor isn’t negligent because they’re a horrible person, but rather due to a larger issue at play. Your personal injury attorney will investigate the details of your case to determine why the supervisor was negligent in the first place. These reasons may include:
- The supervisor was inadequately or improperly trained
- The hiring company failed to conduct a background check prior to hiring them
- There was a lack of communication between the company and other supervisory staff
- The supervisor was under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- The supervisor failed to warn workers and site visitors of any potential danger
- And more
If you were injured in a construction accident, you’re facing much more than just a few bumps and bruises. Chances are, you’re out of work and maybe falling behind on bills. The last thing we want is for you to shoulder the burden of someone else’s mistake. At Proner & Proner, we will help you recover compensation for your medical expenses (both now and in the future) and your lost wages. Don’t delay in giving our firm a call for a consultation: 212-500-1003.
Contact A New York City Personal Injury Lawyer To Discuss Your Construction Accident Case In New York
Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to a construction accident in New York? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. Proner & Proner represents clients injured because of construction accidents in Queens, the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and throughout New York. Call 212-500-1003 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 60 E. 42nd Street, Suite 1503 in New York, NY 10165 as well as offices in Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Bethel, Connecticut.
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