Common Causes of Falling Object Accidents on Construction Sites?

Common Causes of Falling Object Accidents on Construction Sites?

The construction industry is full of incredibly dangerous jobs, and active construction sites are well known to be extremely risky environments. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, slip, falls, and trips are some of the most common reasons for fatal accidents on the construction site, and while these incidents are common, they are not the only danger that exists. Falling objects are a recurring problem and one that is not often discussed when considering all of the things that can harm you on an active construction site.

If you are injured by a falling object on a construction site, you can sustain catastrophic and disabling injuries. It is possible to lose one’s life if hit by a heavy or sharp falling object. If a loved one was harmed in a falling object accident on a construction site, the injuries suffered have the potential to be substantial and life-altering. It can be possible to file a claim for compensation.

For help with an injury claim, please connect with the Pennsylvania construction accident injury attorneys at Edelstein Martin & Nelson, LLP.

Causes of Falling Objects on Construction Sites

How Do Falling Object Injury Accidents Happen on Construction SitesThe best advice for anyone working on or even passing by a construction site is to be vigilant and alert. Construction sites are busy work environments with vehicles, heavy equipment, and often many people moving about. It can be easy to get distracted or miss a hazard that could cause you significant bodily harm.

Construction sites operate on all planes, meaning there can be work happening on the ground, underground, or up in the air. When working up high, the risk of fall injuries and harm from falling objects is an ever-present threat.

There are several things that can happen that can lead to someone being hurt on a construction site. Sustaining injuries by being hit by a falling object is one. These situations can happen in any of the following ways:

  • Filling cranes with much more material than they can hold.
  • Organizing materials incorrectly and stacking them in a way where they may be unbalanced.
  • Tools and equipment that is up high and not secured.
  • Inadequate safety training for workers.
  • Worker’s inexperience or lack of knowledge regarding how to operate or use the equipment.
  • Poorly maintained equipment that malfunctions or equipment with defective parts.
  • Failure to assemble scaffolding and other platforms correctly.

As you can see, there are many ways that debris can fall from up high and strike someone. While not always the case all of the time, in many situations, these incidents happen due to negligence. That could be negligence by the employee or negligence on the part of the construction company, but it is not just construction workers who are at risk of being hit by a falling object. Pedestrians and others who may be near a construction site can also be harmed.

Call an Attorney at Edelstein Martin & Nelson, LLP Today

Whether you were hit by a wooden board, metal, tools, or another object that fell from a construction site, you may be able to recover financial compensation for the damages you sustained as a result. Call Edelstein Martin & Nelson, LLP today to speak to an experienced attorney about your situation and learn more about what legal recourse you have to obtain compensation. Call today at (215) 731-9900. 

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