Why Should You Hire an Attorney
Hazard comes with the job. In most hazardous work establishments, thousands of work-related injuries occur to the detriment of unprotected employees. Faulty materials, substandard equipment, inferior machines, and poorly made gadgets usually trigger work-related accidents. Often, employees are not properly compensated leaving them helpless from the costs and expenses that go along with the required medical treatment.
The law mandates that employers provide a working environment that is conducive for proper working conditions. It behooves them to install safety mechanisms to avoid work-related injuries. They have a duty to their employees to ensure that the workplace is fully compliant with existing labor laws and that defects are properly remedied.
If you have experienced an injury at your workplace, you should know your rights. Get the best legal representation from a credible injury attorney. Trust the expert attorneys at Swartz SC Culleton PC in Pennsylvania and Philadelphia are there to fight for you. We are proud of our proven record in litigating work-related injury. Our core expertise lies in the prosecution of work-related torts such as slip and fall, death caused by electrocution, an accident from defective tools and scaffolding, injury from weak scaffolding and other similar construction accidents.
Get the Compensation You Deserve
Securing proper legal representation can make sure you are fairly compensated for your work-related accident. The lawyers at Swartz Culleton PC can guarantee the high indemnity and compensation that you rightly deserve. Email us or call 1-800-JUSTICE and let us know how we can be of help.
Understanding Construction Site Injuries
By their nature, construction sites can be hazardous work places. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), more than 1,000 workers will suffer a work-related fatality this year and many will suffer from debilitating injuries, most of which could have been avoided. Although construction workers are skilled and are conditioned in basic safety safeguards for handling perilous materials and proper machine operation, accidents still occur. Faulty materials, inferior tools and equipment, and threadbare machines can make being employed on a construction site as lethal and unsafe as a combat area.
Employer enforcement of strict and rigid safety practices prevents accidents and risks. Employers are responsible to manage construction sites to ensure the workplace is in compliance with legal standards and that workers are properly trained in the safe operation of tools and machinery. When accidents do occur, all too often the cause can be linked to poor training and work practices.
Over the years, we have represented numerous construction workers and their families in claims relating to various types of construction accidents, including falls from floors, ladders and scaffolding, death due to electrocution, and injuries caused by defective equipment, tools and scaffolding.
Construction Injury Law
According to the US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, the construction industry accounts for the highest number of worker fatalities in any industry.
The most common types of accidents are as follows:
- Crane Accidents
- Scaffolding Accidents
- Welding Accidents
- Electrocution and Electrical Accidents
- Improperly braced trench collapses
- Construction Site Falls
- Construction Site Head Injury
If you or someone in your family has been injured while working at a construction site, your financial recovery has two components: (1) workers' compensation; and (2) third party liability. The Workers' Compensation Section of this Website outlines your rights under the state workers' compensation law. If parties other than your employer may be legally responsible for your injuries (such as third-party contractors, property owners or equipment manufacturers), the attorneys at Swartz SC Culleton PC can bring civil legal action to obtain full compensation for economic losses and non-economic injuries like pain and suffering, loss of life pleasures, disfigurement and scarring, embarrassment and humiliation and emotional distress.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") - Employee Workplace Rights
This publication explains what to do if you question the safety of your workplace, and lists addresses and phone numbers for more information.
OSHA - Construction Scaffolding
This publication has an overview of the applicable standards, press releases, links, OSHA standards and regulations, and a Scaffolding e-Tool, which provides illustrated safety checklists for specific types of scaffolds and identifies hazards.
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
The federal agency is responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related disease and injury.
Department of Labor
This website has information on each state's workers' compensation laws, whistleblower protection laws and health and safety guidelines.
OSHA Construction Resource Manual
The manual contains important information on inspections, penalties for violations, reporting requirements for injuries, rules for accessing records, and health and safety standards.