By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm / July 31, 2013
Anyone who has worked on a construction site knows that the work is dangerous and requires a serious commitment to safety to avoid injuries. The rate of work-related nonfatal injuries in construction exceeds that for other goods-producing industries. Likewise, the number of work-related deaths in the construction industry is disproportionately high. In a recent study, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health calculated the cost of fatal injuries in the U.S. construction industry for the ten-year period between 1992 and 2002 to total $10,421,000,000. The injuries included injuries caused by contact with equipment and objects, falls, exposure to harmful substances or environments, transportation accidents, fires and explosions, and assaults or violent acts.
There are laws intended to keep construction workers safe and healthy. There are laws intended to protect construction workers rights to medical care, lost income and training when they are injured. In some circumstances the injured worker is allowed to recover for his or her injury damages from a negligent non-employer. Safety should be the highest priority on a construction site.
Those who operate the construction site also owe a duty to use reasonable care to protect people who are not construction workers from children and other persons from the dangerous equipment and conditions around the construction site.
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