Construction workers perform their duties on sites where heavy equipment and scaffolding or temporary structures are erected. Worksites like these pose certain risks due to hazardous conditions.

Organizations like OSHA seek to curtail these risks, but accidents are still likely to happen. Whether you sustained an injury due to falling equipment, safety procedures, or site equipment failures, you are eligible to claim compensation for your injuries. If you are a business owner, consider investing in training courses from 360training to ensure you reduce the risk of injury for your workers.

Worker’s Compensation

When injured in a construction accident, you can claim medical expenses relating to the incident and a portion of your lost earnings and rehabilitation. You don’t need to provide proof that your Employer was negligent, as Worker’s compensation is no-fault insurance. The only requirement is that your illness or injury was incurred while performing your work duties.

You cannot claim compensation for non-economic expenses such as pain and suffering. You will not be allowed to use the Company regardless of the cause of the accident, whether it was due to negligence or not.

Dallas attorneys specialising in Construction accident cases can assist you with recovering those losses.

There Are Two Possibilities:

When your Employer deliberately placed you in harm’s way, knowing of the likelihood that you might get hurt in the process (your lawyer may request that the court exempt you from an exclusionary rule and allow you to sue them).


The attorney’s investigation aims to identify third parties who have contributed to your injury due to negligence (the more likely option).

Third-party Claims

If another individual or Company somehow contributed to conditions at the worksite that provided you with getting hurt, you may have a chance at holding them liable for your damages.

Examples of third parties:

  • A Sub-contractor
  • A vendor
  • An engineer
  • The property owner
  • An architect
  • The manufacturer of defective equipment or tools used during your accident, resulting in you getting hurt.

Fatal Four Types Of Accidents Relating To OSHA Violations:

There are specific safety standards set by The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) that are designed to prevent serious workplace injuries and fatalities. OSHA has determined that the most common and severe construction site accidents that cause the highest number of injuries fall into the “fatal four” category.

These include:

1. Falls

This is the number one cause of construction site accident injuries due to unstable ladders, roofs, scaffolding, and unmarked drop-offs and excavations.

2. Falling objects

Being struck by a falling object.

3. Caught in or between

Where a worker is crushed or trapped between objects, usually from being caught in the moving parts of heavy machinery or being stuck in a cave-in.

4. Electrocutions

Electrocutions result from exposed wiring, power lines, extension cords, or poorly maintained or defective tools and equipment.

OSHA has strict safety standards and performs inspections at construction sites to enforce them. But their overall effectiveness could be improved due to the vast number of worksites and only a couple thousand inspectors. Need a construction expert witness for legal cases? Contact Harper-Brawner to see how they can help.