Construction workers in Connecticut and elsewhere have a dangerous profession. Data recently released by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics show the variety and seriousness of construction accidents that bedevil construction workers across the country.
Ladders and scaffolding are often involved in construction site injuries. An electrician from Torrington who suffered severe injuries to his lower back in a construction accident recently settled both his personal injury claim and his workers compensation claim for a total of $610,000.
One of the most common places on construction sites in Connecticut is the wooden chute extending from an upper level of the structure into a dumpster or the box of a heavy truck. The chutes are used to safely and efficiently discard debris from an upper level as work progresses. While the chutes are a relatively safe alternative to merely tossing construction trash to the ground, they must be regularly cleared of debris and checked for structural weakness to prevent collapse or other construction accident. The collapse of a debris chute on a construction site Tappan, N.Y. provides a potentially tragic illustration of the risks posed by debris chutes.
This blog has frequently mentioned the value of third-party claims in Connecticut workers' compensation cases. A recent settlement of such a claim by a worker who suffered a devastating eye injury demonstrates how such claims can dramatically increase the compensation that can be recovered by an injured construction worker.
Construction site accidents often involve several parties, including the general contractor, subcontractors and employers of workers hired on a temporary basis. Three different firms, including a cement contractor based in Connecticut, were involved in a construction accident that killed one worker and injured another.
Construction site accidents can have a variety of causes, and more than one party may be liable for any injuries caused by an accident. A recent construction accident in Danbury shows the importance and complexity of identifying the responsible party.
Road and bridge construction projects in Connecticut often use temporary arrangements to handle traffic while the project is underway. Occasionally, removing these temporary barriers can be extremely dangerous. This unhappy fact was demonstrated on August 21, 2017 when one or more pieces of bracing equipment slipped and caused a severe injury to a construction worker's foot.
Construction workers provide necessary and important services to every member of the Bridgeport community. Through their specialized skills and tremendous effort they build, repair and shape the urban landscape of the city which in turn improves not only the local aesthetic but also property values and community safety.
Seeing a high-rise building grow over the course of weeks and months can be exciting for individuals who live in Connecticut's metropolitan areas. Though the tall buildings may stretch higher and higher with each passing week, it can take months before they are fully revealed without the many scaffolds and support structures that workers attach to them and use to complete their work. Scaffolds and supports play an integral part in construction work and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that close to two-thirds of construction workers work on scaffolds with some frequency during the course of their jobs.
When a Connecticut construction worker is hurt while on the job it can be challenging to know exactly who might be responsible for their injuries. Depending upon how the injury-causing accident happened and where the incident occurred there are a variety of parties that may be fully or partially liable for the worker's damages and harm. This post will generally discuss some of the entities that may serve as defendants in a personal injury case based on the harm suffered by a construction worker. Readers are cautioned, though, that every case of this type is different and as such the contents of this post should not be relied on as legal guidance.