A construction worker was injured late last month after an accident involving a construction roller. The accident occurred in the Sunset District. The man was taken to San Francisco General Hospital in an unknown condition. The circumstances of the accident remain under investigation. The building site is a public works project. Both San Francisco police and Cal/OSHA are conducting investigations into the accident.
When an individual is injured or killed in a serious construction accident in San Francisco, the worker and/or his or her family can be left with stress, shock, and trauma. It can be very daunting to figure out how to pay your regular bills, medical bills, and the costs of a funeral. When a construction accident results in the death of a worker, family members may be able to file a wrongful death claim.
Construction work is one of the most dangerous types of work in the U.S. Each year, the number of fatalities on construction sites seems to rise. In some cases, construction companies put their profits ahead of the safety of their employees. Construction workers often suffer fatal injuries from using old equipment, suffering serious falls, or working in dangerous areas.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 4,000 people are killed while on-the-job in the U.S. every year. Sadly, fatalities for individuals under the age of 16 doubled. Although it’s unclear why this occurred, it’s clear that employers should ensure that their company is following both state and federal regulations, and that their employees are properly trained. It’s important that younger employees only work the number of hours that they are allowed to work under federal law.
In addition, construction workers should be advised of all the risks involved in a project before they begin working. If a supervisor fails to properly warn workers of some risks involved in the project, legal issues can arise. Many accidents that occur on a worksite may be because of management’s failure to give the project the necessary funding to follow OSHA regulation. Many companies choose not to invest the time or money needed to maintain equipment and to ensure that their workers are safe while on the jobsite. They could believe that it’s more profitable to risk an injury to a worker than to invest in certain safeguards.
There are a number of serious types of injuries from which construction workers can suffer after being involved in a construction accident. Some of those common injuries include broken bones, severe burns, electrical shock, paralysis, traumatic brain injuries, toxic exposure, injuries to the spinal cord, and amputations. Many of these San Francisco construction injuries occur from falls, being harmed by machinery, being hit by an object, or being involved in a motor vehicle accident.
If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in a construction accident in the San Francisco area, call the San Francisco personal injury attorneys at Liberty Law at 415-896-1000 or 510-645-1000. At Liberty Law, Micha Star Liberty and Seth I. Rosenberg believe that employers must provide a safe environment for employees, and if they fail to do so, they should be held legally responsible for damages. This may include workers’ compensation, damages from a personal injury lawsuit, or both.
Call Liberty Law if you have been involved in an accident at a construction site. Liberty Law works with clients throughout the Bay Area, including Oakland, Hayward, Tracy, Fairfield, San Jose, Sacramento, Berkeley, and the surrounding areas. Call today to learn more about how we can help, or to schedule your free consultation.