Liability for Falling Objects in Construction
Construction is one of the most hazardous industries to work in. There are four major ways that a worker or the public can be at risk. These are accidents involving electrocution, caught-in, falls, and falling objects. Many cases of construction accidents are a result of the construction company failing to provide the appropriate safety gear or training for worker protection, which can sometimes spill over to non-worker injuries as well.
According to the website of law firm Hach & Rose, falling objects is one of the more common hazards that can strike workers and members of the public, especially in high-rise projects where even the smallest objects can gain enough momentum to do serious damage to anyone or anything in its downward path. It is not necessarily a hammer or wrench; a nail falling from a hundred stories up attain the force of a high-speed bullet at those heights.
This is the reason why the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) urge construction companies and workers to observe safety regulations. Any work done more than 6 feet up should include the use of debris mats and other falling object prevention measures. Workers are directed not to stay under a crane in operation and to wear safety hats at all time while at the worksite.
Tools used in construction need to be secured whether in use or not, and all construction materials such as wood, nails, steel bars, and the like need to be likewise secured to prevent being inadvertently dislodged and falling on workers on a lower level or on pedestrians and vehicles that may be passing on the ground below.
When construction accidents happen that involves falling objects, the contractor or construction company is liable for any injury or property that may occur if it is proven that they failed to follow safety regulations. If you have been seriously injured because of negligence at a construction site, you may be eligible to get compensation. Consult with a construction accident lawyer at the earliest possible time.