Few workers enter into the construction industry expecting their job to be safe or easy. It should never be assumed, however, that danger is guaranteed. Oftentimes faulty or defective equipment is revealed as the cause of a construction accident. According to New Jersey construction accident lawyers, many of these defects can be addressed and remedied before an accident occurs with proper management, training and oversight.
Statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) show that more than two-thirds of all construction workers involved in scaffolding accidents are injured when planking or other supports give way. Sometimes, scaffold collapses are attributed to a design defect in the scaffolding itself.
In yet other instances, however, the scaffolding has not been correctly assembled. Under both scenarios, supervisors and managers have a duty to ensure that scaffolding at their construction site is fully functional and safe. Failure to do so can give rise to a negligence claim against not only an employer, but also the scaffold manufacturer.
Similarly, heavy machinery can be particularly dangerous in the event of a defect, particularly for machine operators. A construction worker was recently pinned to death in New York while checking on a mechanical malfunction in a boom crane, and earlier this year an excavator burst into flames when its turbocharger exploded. In the latter incident, the excavator operator was able to exit his machine in time.
Fatalities in the construction industry – after years of decline – have begun to inch upward according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In 2014, 885 full-time equivalent (FTE) construction and extraction workers died on the job, a five percent increase over 2013. The BLS maintains that construction and extraction worker fatalities in 2014 have not reached such levels since 2008. Construction trades workers suffered three percent more deaths in 2014 than in 2013, with electricians faring the worst of all. According to the BLS, 78 electricians died in 2014 on construction sites, 14 more than died in 2013.
When a construction accident occurs, liability can be assessed in any number of ways. Site managers can be held legally responsible if they fail to properly train construction workers on the proper use of heavy equipment and tools. Additionally, site managers are required to continuously monitor and maintain the equipment and tools which will be used at a construction site. Inspections must take place regularly to remain compliant and ensure worker safety.
Manufacturers, meanwhile, can be held responsible not only for producing a defective product but also for failing to provide adequate warnings to users about potential danger. Moreover, some inherently dangerous tools and equipment common in the construction industry – such as nail guns – must come equipped with built-in safety mechanisms to prevent injury. Whether a product features a design flaw or a manufacturing defect, the responsibility is on the manufacture to ensure that construction workers receive a safe, fully-functional product. Failure to do so can lead to a claim for negligence or third-party liability in the event of a construction accident.
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My case settled recently after lasting 4 years. Grungo and Colarulo’s law firm were able to secure a large settlement award for my slip and fall accident. This money will help secure my future for the permanent injury I received as a result of the slip and fall. Everyone was very caring, and kept me informed throughout the entire process. Christine Lafferty is an excellent litigation lawyer. I highly recommend using them if you have been injured or in an accident. I hope I am never in a situation again to need their services, but I know who to go to if I, or any of my family members are ever injured. Thanks Grungo and Colarulo and staff for your compassionate service!
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First and foremost I would like to thank the whole team at Grungo Colarulo!! In addition to that, Stephanie & Riley & Drenna have done such an outstanding job taking care of me in such a difficult and low point of my life. I was in a bad car accident & did not know how to move forward with what to do and how to process. Those ladies were there every step, every inch, every mile & beyond with helping me when I had no idea how to navigate. I will forever be thankful for them and for the outcome of my case! If you ever need assistance I highly recommend this practice!!! Beyond professional, helpful, precise, caring, knowledgeable & humble!!!
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This was my first time ever having to have a lawyer for an automobile accident. From the beginning they took care of everything. They put me at ease so I could concentrate on my medical needs. Everyone I spoke to during the process were always extremely pleasant and knowledgeable.
Thank you to Grungo Colarulo for representing me and getting the settlement you did to help me move forward. I would highly recommend Grungo Colarulo to anyone who wants outstanding legal representation.
This team has been nothing but gentle an generous. Being as this was my first time dealing with a worker’s compensation case I was lost and nervous. But the Grungo Colarulo team has made me feel as comfortable as possible. My needs were addressed with care in a timely fashion. I knew what was going on every step of the way.
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A dear family friend referred us to a young attorney named Rich Grungo, Jr. We wanted answers and if necessary, justice for our father. From day one of a five-year journey, Mr. Rich Grungo, Jr. made our family and our pain his own. The man never stopped working for us. He kept us informed every step of the way. Questions were answered quickly and with great compassion and expertise. Even though Rich was always busy, he was never too busy for us. We always felt like we were his only clients
I had the opportunity to observe Mr. Grungo work in this case, both in the courtroom on the technical matters of the motions and also as his presentation to the jury in opening and presenting witnesses as well as utilizing animations… and drawings and films that were necessary for a proper understanding of the case…At all times during the presentation, Mr. Grungo operated mostly without notes and questioned the witnesses in a conversational manner which made it most effective. **
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I had the opportunity to retain Mr. Colarulo for a vehicle accident I encountered. I give him my highest recommendation for anyone in need of an excellent Personal Injury Attorney. Not only does he have an in depth knowledge of the legal field, but he emanates a sense of trust-worthiness that makes you feel secure during the entire process. Mr. Colarulo has the knowledge, drive and enthusiasm that will get the job done for you. He comes highly recommended.
Hi Rich, Well I’m on my way up to college to finish packing my son’s stuff up and to go to his Graduation tomorrow. It’s hard to believe how fast and how slow, at the same time 5 years can go by. I was just thinking of you as I am getting ready to leave and wanted to thank you once again for everything you have done for my son’s future. You are a good and just man. God Bless to you and your family.
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