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Some of the most devastating accidents occur on or near construction sites.  Victims of construction site accidents are often killed or left with catastrophic injuries including traumatic brain injuries, amputations, spinal cord injuries, quadriplegia, paraplegia, shattered bones, fractures, crash injuries and severe internal injuries.  Ponton Law represents construction accident victims and their families throughout Georgia and the Southeast.

Construction injuries can result from any number of hazards including:

  • electrocution
  • crane accidents
  • scaffolding accidents
  • collapsed structures
  • defective machinery
  • improper use or maintenance of construction equipment
  • compressed gases
  • mechanical hazards
  • welding accidents
  • cutting accidents
  • exposure to toxic substances
  • construction site falls

Though construction companies and contractors are required to inspect each job site and implement safety programs, in 2013 alone 4,405 people were killed on the job according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Construction workers are at far greater risk of serious injury or death than are workers in any other industry.  The ten most frequently cited standards following inspections of worksites by OSHA include: fall protection, hazard communication, scaffolding, respiratory protection, powered industrial trucks, lockout/tagout, ladders, electrical wiring, machine guarding, and electrical systems design.

All too often, these accidents occur because property owners hire unlicensed contractors to perform construction work or because general contractors, architects or sub-contractors fail to take the necessary precautions to provide a safe work site.  The failure to properly maintain ladders, tools, scaffolds or other equipment, the failure to hire, train and supervise careful employees, the failure to comply with material safety data sheets and State and Federal laws regulating construction sites and the failure to warn of dangerous conditions can all result in horrible but preventable accidents.  These situations usually involve violations of Federal OSHA regulations and local building codes.

Construction cases involve complex liability issues and the interaction between state and federal laws regulating the construction industry and state worker’s compensation laws which provide broad immunity to employers.  In Georgia, the workers compensation laws generally protect an employer from being sued directly, and instead, all claims must be filed under their workers compensation policy.  Ponton Law works to identify other third parties that could be held responsible for your injuries.  For example, if you were injured on the job due to a defective piece of machinery, then in addition to filing a workers compensation claim you could also file a third party claim against the manufacturer of the machinery.

Lawsuits arising out of construction site accidents are expensive to prosecute.  Expert witnesses must be retained in most construction accident cases including building code experts, construction industry experts, architecture experts, engineering experts as well as medical experts.

The Atlanta, Georgia construction accident lawyer at Ponton Law has successfully litigated many cases where the failure of a landowner or contractor to provide a safe construction site resulted in the death or catastrophic injury of a construction worker or bystander.  If you or someone you know has been injured or killed as a result of a construction site accident, contact an Atlanta, Georgia construction accident lawyer at Ponton Law or call 404-418-8507 to speak with an attorney today.

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