Construction workers in Florida, or any other state, face more hazards on a daily basis than workers in most other industries. Because of the danger that is inherent in construction work, employers are expected to comply with safety regulations in order to minimize the amount of injuries and deaths. When a serious accident does occur at a work site, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration usually conducts an investigation to determine whether or not the correct work site safety standards were in place.
If a construction accident is found to have been the result of an unsafe workplace, there is a number of parties who may be held liable for the injuries or deaths that occurred. The landowner, general contractor and construction manager are just a few of the individuals who could potentially be responsible for a worker’s injuries. How much control each party had over the activities at the work site will be important information to consider when assessing who is liable for an accident.
To mitigate the potential for financial losses caused by construction accidents, individuals and companies involved in a major construction project are required to obtain adequate insurance coverage before the work can commence. For example, general contractors will need to have workers’ compensation insurance, and a property owner would need premises liability insurance.
After someone is injured in a construction accident, the victim may be able to seek compensation by filing a claim with the liable party’s insurance provider. Because a construction accident could potentially involve multiple liable parties, an accident victim may wish to enlist legal assistance in order to improve their likelihood of recovering all of the damages they are entitled to.
Source: Findlaw, “Construction Injury Overview“, August 14, 2014