Accidents at work sites during building construction, demolition, and excavation activities are among the most serious and life-threatening kinds of personal injuries. Victims may suffer traumatic injuries such as amputations, fractures, burns, brain damage and serious spinal cord damage.
They are also exposed to more long-term injuries that may lead to blindness, deafness, respiratory diseases and cancer. In serious cases, workers are left paralyzed, comatose, or permanently disabled.
At the Law Offices of Mark S. Guralnick, we immediately investigate the causes and contributing causes of all construction accidents. These may include:
- Faulty construction equipment
- Defective equipment or malfunctioning machinery
- Defective products
- Inadequate worker training
- Inadequate environmental or safety systems
- Insufficient safety training and monitoring
- Negligent co-workers
- Negligent contractors
- Negligent third parties
- Design deficiencies
- Manufacturing errors
- Negligent housekeeping
- Poor illumination
- Poor sanitation control
- Failure to provide/wear/require personal protective equipment
- Expired safety or quality assurance certifications
- Inadequate means of egress
- Defective emergency action plans
- Lack of adequate first aid
- Radiation exposure
- Failure to contain gases, vapors and fumes
- Failure to control dusts and mists
- Poor ventilation
- Inadequate fire prevention systems and devices
- Inadequate fire alarm and detective systems
- Inadequate control of heating devices
- Sub-standard electrical maintenance
- Improper disposal of waste materials
- Environmental deterioration of machinery or equipment
- Dangerous hoists, elevators and aerial lifts
- Defective scaffolding, platforms and ladders
- Defective conveyors
- Material handling mishaps
- Improper storage of chemicals and other dangerous products
- Failure to protect against falling objects
- Failure to impose and apply bodily fall protection systems
- Explosive blasting mishaps
- Failure to de-energize electrical power lines and equipment
- Crane, derrick and rigging mishaps
- Unsafe handling of power tools and/or hand tools.
- Welding, cutting and brazing mishaps
- Concrete handling errors and concrete product defects
- Confined spaces entrapment
- Trenching collapses
- Toxic chemical exposure
- Electrocution mishaps
- Repetitive motion injuries
When a construction accident case comes to the Law Offices of Mark S. Guralnick, our team goes to work instantly exploring all possible violations of federal, state and municipal statutes, regulations and ordinances.
These may include breaches of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act and Title 29, Section 1926 of the U.S. Code. There may also be violations of state employee safety laws and both federal and state labor laws.
Who’s At Fault?
At the Law Offices of Mark S. Guralnick, we also begin every construction law case by asking who may be liable for the injuries. This question probes both the primary responsible parties as well as those parties who may be secondarily liable to the victim.
The investigation is comprehensive: We consider everybody connected with the construction activities potentially liable until we are able to exclude them from liability. Thus, we may find a number of different participants responsible for one accident, including:
- Site owners
- Construction management firms
- Individual construction managers
- General contractors
- Prime contractors
- Independent contractors of specialty products or services
- Equipment and machinery designers
- Equipment and machinery manufacturers
- Equipment and machinery sellers and suppliers
- Drivers and operators
- Inspection services
- Emergency response personnel
In exploring who may or may not be liable for a construction injury, the Law Offices of Mark S. Guralnick subpoenas the necessary records and reports from all key sources. We go after the landowner’s records and specifications; the project architect’s notes and plans; shop drawings; the material selection record; cost estimates, schedules and blueprints for the schematic design phase, the design development phase and the construction phase.
We look at the building permit and other work permits; construction contracts and safety responsibility clauses; site condition documents; storage forms; contractor safety protocols and compliance records; health, environmental and safety reports for the relevant time period; on-site and off-site testing results; daily monitoring logs and punch lists, and equipment warranties and guarantees.
The attorneys and paralegals at the Law Offices of Mark S. Guralnick treat construction accident injuries as among the most serious and complex areas of personal injury law.
We subscribe to and follow the bulletins and reports of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Department of Labor Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH), the Construction Safety Council (CSC), the Laborer’s Health & Safety Fund of North America (LHSFNA) and the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR).
If you or somebody you know has been injured at a construction site, please do not hesitate to call construction accident lawyer Mark S. Guralnick for a free consultation.