The construction industry encompasses a number of trades and job types both skilled and unskilled. The construction industry in total has one of the highest worker injury rates of any industry.
Hazards inherent to construction work are often known but can be hard to control in workplaces that change constantly. The use of heavy equipment, tools, machines, scaffolds, and ladders, all of which may be unsafe or used improperly contribute to the hazards on a construction site. Construction accidents are caused by many other factors, including work methods, site conditions, worker failure to use safety equipment, and a lack of proper worker training. Common construction injuries include falls, burns, cuts (including amputations), explosions and electrocution. Construction Injury Liability
Typically there are several individuals and organizations working at a construction site. Many or all of them may be liable for injuries that occur including the construction site owner, architects and engineering professionals, contractors, construction managers, and manufacturers of construction machinery or equipment. Commonly, construction projects are based on a general contract relationship, where a general contractor, hired by the site owner, enters into agreements with sub-contractors to perform specific portions of the job, such as electrical or plumbing work.
Construction projects usually involve delegation of both work and legal responsibility, including from site owner to general contractor and general contractor to “prime” or “sub”-contractor. Courts will weigh the extent of control over the premises on which the work is being done and the degree of control over the work itself in determining who is legally at fault for the injuries sustained by a worker.
Both the general and sub-contractors have a legal obligation to provide workers with a construction site that is safe, and they have a legal duty to warn workers of any hazards at the site that they are aware of. Generally, a contractor will have a duty to make sure work is being performed safely, and this legal responsibility includes ensuring safety regulations are followed on site.
The general contractor is always responsible for job safety on the entire site and for ensuring compliance with all OSHA regulations. Any subcontractors brought on site by the general contractor are also responsible for ensuring job safety and following OSHA rules that apply to their part of the project, but the general contractor is still responsible.
There are protections provided to construction workers who have been injured on the job site, if you have been injured on the job and live in the Birmingham or Gadsden areas or anywhere in Alabama please visit the website of The Shelnutt Law Firm, P.C.