Falling debris, materials, tools or other construction objects is a known hazard in the construction industry. Even a small object has the potential to cause life-threatening injuries when falling from several stories above. At the same time, these injuries are also among the most preventable.
Construction workers are not the only ones exposed to falling debris hazards. Construction sites are a common feature within urban areas, and we have become so used to them that most of the time we don’t even realize the dangers we are exposed to when we walk underneath a scaffold. All it takes is one minor mistake, and someone’s life could change forever.
When such a tragic incident occurs, the responsible negligent party has to provide compensation for the victim. Most of the time this is the contractor or the construction worker, but not always. If the injury is the result of an equipment, tool, or machine malfunction, the company that manufactured the defective product may be liable.
Common items that may fall from buildings, platforms, or scaffolds include:
- Hammers, wrenches, screwdrivers, or other hand-held tools
- Glass panels or windows
- Planks and other parts of the scaffolding
Falling objects injuries could easily be prevented by taking certain basic safety measures like installing safety nets, putting up barricades that limit the access to the danger area, and inspecting the equipment. However, these safe practices are often overlooked, and this leads to horrific injuries and death.
If you or a member of your family has suffered injuries from falling debris or other materials, either on the job or as a bystander, you might be entitled to financial compensation for your damages. Call John M. O’Brien & Associates today, and we will inform you of your rights and legal options. It is our mission to achieve your goals and protect your best interests.