Site Debris Accidents Cause Construction Site Injuries
Site debris can pose a problem on a construction site. Falling site debris is a major concern, as it can cause life-threatening injuries if it strikes a person. Debris includes tools, building materials and other items found on a construction site.
Falling debris can cause head injuries, paralysis, broken bones and even death. In addition to construction workers, passing pedestrians and site visitors are also at risk. Anyone near a construction site can become a victim when debris falls from a high area.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2011, 219 construction workers died from injuries sustained from falling debris. That was five percent of all workplace deaths in 2011. Those are 219 families grieving for their lost loved one.
Site debris accidents do not always end in tragedy. It depends on the weight and size of the debris. A person hit on the head by a falling brick will probably suffer more injury than one struck on the foot by a falling hammer. The hammer can break a person’s foot, but a head injury is usually much more serious than a broken bone.
Injuries from site debris accidents can ruin a person’s life. Brain damage, concussions, spinal cord injuries, paralysis and skull fractures are just a few possible injuries.
Site debris accidents happen for many different reasons. A worker might accidentally drop a tool while working from a high area. Cargo or building materials might fall from a crane. Demolishing a building can scatter debris, some of which might hit someone.
Depending on the incident, a person hit by site debris might be able to sue for damages. In most cases, when a person files a claim, they want the money for medical care, lost earnings, future loss of wages, emotional trauma, and ongoing medical care if necessary.
Marvin A. Cooper, P.C. is a personal injury law firm in White Plains, New York. They represent all kinds of personal injury victims – including those hurt in site debris accidents on construction site. Contact the White Plains construction site accident attorneys at 914-357-8911/718-619-4215 for a free consultation to learn if they can help you.