Every worker deserves a safe environment in which to work. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) issues regulations that are designed to insure a safe workplace for all. However, some jobs, such as those in construction, are so inherently dangerous that they have special laws that go beyond the standard OSHA regulations.
The contractors as well as the owners of a construction site are expected to provide a reasonably safe work environment. When a worker is using ladders, scaffolding, or otherwise works in high places, however, special laws may hold the contractor or owner strictly liable for any injuries - in other words, no matter how the fall happened, the contractor or owner will be held liable.
In other situations, construction sites or the equipment being used at them are not reasonably safe due to carelessness or cost-cutting measures. In those cases as well, the contractor and owner should be held liable for any injuries that result.
And construction injuries, by their nature, can have severe consequences. In the most extreme cases, the worker may not be able to return to his or her job due to the injury. In that case, damages must include money for retraining and education as well as something to compensate the worker for losing the ability to work in his or her field of choice.
If you have been injured on the job while working in the construction industry, we would like to discuss your situation with you. From our office in West Palm Beach, we handle construction site accident cases throughout the state of Florida. Contact us to set up a free initial consultation. You will not owe us anything if you do not recover money damages in your case. Let our dedicated, experienced attorneys go to work for you.