So, September is finally here and most of the construction work in Pennsylvania is finished for the year, right? Well, guess again. Roadside construction and associated hazards are common throughout the entire year. Construction workers are particularly susceptible to danger in the summer months, with a combination of summer vacationers, long days, and hot weather leading to a rise in accidents. However, construction workers face danger all year round while working outside to keep our roads in good condition.
Construction workers are vulnerable to being hit by passing cars, of course, but also to several other dangers. They also suffer from a high number of falls, such as from scaffolding or in precarious places, like bridges. They also are frequently caught between or inside objects. Sometimes, they can be caught between cars on the road, or the road and and a lane divider. As morose as this all sounds, it’s really important to recognize the inherent dangers that construction workers face every day while they are out working for us. By respecting them and giving them the space they need to work safely, you can save lives and avoid a significant accident.
Working on construction sites is potentially hazardous for employees, especially when employers fail to follow all established safety procedures and protocol. When these construction workers are working on the roads, they are also at a significant risk to be hit by drivers who are not obeying the safety rules for work zones. A construction zone is also a potentially dangerous place for bystanders. These construction claims often involve potential 3rd party claims against other liable defendants, in addition to your workers compensation claim.
In a related matter, Attorney Stoehr settled a claim in 2010 for over a million dollars for a man seriously injured near a hole that had been recently excavated. If you have been injured working on a construction site or as a bystander near a construction site, please contact our office at 814-946-4100 for more information or to set up a free consultation with Attorney Doug Stoehr.