5 Common Dayton Beach Construction Accidents
By Team at Zimmet & Zimmet, In Personal injury
As the Dayton Beach area grows and expands, more and more construction sites pop up. There’s no question that these are a necessary part of today’s world. It doesn’t matter if a new road is being installed or a new business or home is being built, there are countless projects going on at any point in time.
Unfortunately, when a construction site is present, there are also risks present. In fact, construction workers are some of the most injured individuals of all professions today (besides perhaps lumberjacks). There are quite a few construction site accidents that are unavoidable and that could never have been prevented no matter what precautions were taken. However, others result from negligence and carelessness.
If you are injured on a construction site in Daytona Beach, you have rights. At Zimmet & Zimmet, we want to ensure your rights are protected. If you suffer an injury at a construction site, call us for a consultation. You can count on our legal team to help you through the legal process.
Keep reading to learn what the most common accidents are at modern construction sites in Dayton Beach.
The most common injury that occurs at Florida construction sites is falling. There’s a good reason for this. When a building is complete, it has walls, handrails, elevators, stairways, and several other safety mechanisms and barriers to help limit the possibility of falls. Unfortunately, when a building is still under construction, none of these features are in place. That’s because it is up to construction workers to put these in place. As a result, construction workers are at risk because they have to put in the safeguards that will keep others safe.
While this is true, there are several safety measures that can be put in place. This is especially true for those who are at the upper level of a high rise. While this is true, the proper protective measures and safety gear will only work to reduce the potential risk of an accident. Any slip and fall, especially if it is from a greater height, will cause serious injuries and damage.
Falls aren’t the only risk at a construction site. People who are on the ground can also be in a serious amount of danger due to falling objects and debris. For example, if someone were to drop a hammer, it could cause a severe injury to someone below. This includes other construction workers and pedestrians.
It isn’t just dropped or misplaced tools that may cause harm; during demolition, debris may fall and strike someone, causing an injury.
This is one of the many reasons why safety helmets are considered mandatory safety equipment on construction sites.
Another potential injury that may occur is electrocution. Electrical wiring and power have to be installed in any new building. What this means is that the usual safeguards are not in place to help protect someone from an electrical shock. This is also something that construction workers must install; however, they are forced to work with the elements before the safeguards are in place.
An electrical shock may not just occur because of the electricity that is used to power a building but from the different electrical devices that are used while the building is constructed. Electrical equipment that isn’t grounded properly, exposed live wiring, and even having to work close to live power lines can all result in electrical-related injuries.
Structural integrity isn’t usually in place when a building is still under construction. What this means is that temporary reinforcements are used; however, these can fail. If they fail, it can result in an injury to the workers nearby.
An example of particularly dangerous collapses would be with underground shafts or trenches. Also, walls may fall if they haven’t been buttressed properly. Also, mistakes during the planning stage can cause a structure to fall apart.
5. Vehicular Accidents
Construction sites require the use of many large and specialized vehicles. These vehicles present unique hazards and risks. Because of this, they are another common cause of serious accidents and injuries on construction sites.
Let Zimmet & Zimmet Help with Your Construction Site Accident Claim
If you are injured on a construction site in Dayton Beach, let our legal team at Zimmet & Zimmet Lawyers help you. We can review the facts of your case, determine liability, and help protect your rights to receive compensation. The first step is to get in touch and schedule a free initial consultation.