One of the many causes of injuries on a construction site is falling objects. Whether it’s because of a heavy equipment failure, the negligent placing of certain objects and materials, and failure to restrain them properly, someone is always liable because someone is always responsible for the safety of a construction site.
Some of the most common injuries that can occur when being struck by falling objects include:
- Cuts, bruises, and lacerations
- Severe lacerations
- Broken bones
- Brain injuries
- Spine injuries
- Fatal injuries
While safety equipment like protective helmets can save lives in the case of a small object falling, when the object is heavier or falls from a very high distance, chances are it will not help that much. Moreover, workers are not the only ones affected by this type of injury. Pedestrians and even cars on the road can also be struck by falling objects when the necessary preventive measures are overlooked.
Objects and materials may fall from high platforms or heavy machinery for many reasons, including but not limited to:
- Improper stacking and storage of materials
- Tools not being secured properly
- Lack of training
- Too heavy a load or an improperly secured load on a crane
- Tool and machine malfunction
- Lack of an enclosed perimeter around the working site that could stop pedestrians from entering a dangerous area
If you or a member of your family was injured by a falling object on a construction site, please contact personal injury lawyer John M. O’Brien for a free consultation. In construction site accidents, an early, careful investigation can make an important difference in the outcome of the case.