National statistics show that the construction industry is considered one of the most dangerous industries to work in because of the high number of workers who sustain injuries and killed each year. But the public needs to also be aware that construction sites also pose a high danger risk to anyone in the area, even if there is no one working on site at the time.
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It is critical to everyone’s safety that all construction sites have visible warning signs and barriers to keep people out, especially children. Some of the more common conditions that exist at sites that cause construction site accidents and injuries include the following:
- Electrocutions: Each step of new construction or remodeling can take time. This includes installation of the building’s electrical system. This can result in exposure of underground wiring and other components of the system that can create a danger to unsuspecting pedestrians walking by the site.
- Equipment accidents: Heavy and large machinery is often present on construction sites, used to lift and move large pieces of building materials. If a construction worker operating one of these machines makes a mistake or there is a malfunction of the equipment, any objects being moved can fall on anyone located near the site.
- Falling objects: When workers are on site, they are often on ladders, scaffolding, roofs, and other height locations. There is always a risk of a worker dropping materials or a tool that can fall and hit a passerby on the ground. Risks also exist during non-working hours due to items accidentally left behind or not secured properly.
- Ground collapse: The ground around the site is often unstable during different stages of the construction as workers dig out holes and trenches. This is also true of the structure they are building, often unsteady until all supports of the building are fully installed. These factors can cause a collapse of the building, injuring or killing anyone close by.
- Road dangers: The road around a construction site can also present many dangerous hazards to pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers. This is often due to materials or equipment left on the road, inadequate warning signage, or poor direction of traffic.
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If you or a loved one has suffered an injury at a construction site, you may be able to pursue for damages against the negligent party or parties. Contact a North Carolina personal injury attorney from Shapiro & Appleton. Our firm has aggressively advocated for victims and their families for more than three decades and will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
It is critical to remember that North Carolina has placed a statute of limitation for how long victims have to file a claim for damages against those responsible for their injuries, so do not delay. Failure to file before that legal deadline could mean you lose any chance of ever filing your claim or getting justice against the person responsible for your or your loved one’s injuries.
Contact our office today at 800-752-0042 to set up a free and confidential case evaluation with one of our dedicated Carolinas accident attorneys.