Sometimes, it may seem that a blue collar job isn’t as organized as a white collar job. “In an office, the guidelines and laws for many things are made clear from the very beginning. Signs posted in the break room and the water cooler let everyone know who their representative is for their rights and in the case of an injury among other useful things. But at a job like a construction site, work can be so fast paced; it could be easy to forget than an individual has rights there. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding construction law.
Q: If I get injured on a site, is workers’ compensation all I can get?
A: While you could be eligible for worker’s compensation through your employer, there could be other things at play regarding your injuries. Third-party contractors, owner of a property or even manufacturers of equipment and tools could possibly be held liable.
Q: If someone gets injured from falling objects while walking on a public sidewalk next to a construction site, who is liable for those damages?
A: In many cases, the construction company is directly responsible for such an incident. It should be noted that their warnings should go beyond s simple orange sign. A company needs to take initiative and place barriers and barricades along with other proper warnings. But other parties could also be responsible for an accident such as a manufacturer or parts, tools or equipment.
Q: If I get injured while working on a construction project, can I sue the person who owns the property?
A: The owner of the property could be legally be held liable for some or all of your injuries depending on the amount of authority they have over the site and their knowledge of what goes on there.
Q: Are all injuries covered by workers’ compensation?
A: Workers’ compensation covers most injuries regardless of whether it’s the employer’s or employee’s fault. Still, there are some limits. If an employee is found to be intoxicated when the accident occurred, then it may not be possible to receive benefits.
Q: What is OSHA?
A: OSHA is a federal agency that ensures the safety and health of employees across the United States. Among other things, they inspect workplaces for safety.
Q : What happens when an OSHA inspector comes?
A: Usually, an OSHA inspector will go over the procedure with the employer regarding how an inspection will be carried out. The inspector usually goes around the workplace and inspects it for any safety or potential health hazards that may be present. The inspector usually questions employees about several topics related to safety. In the end, they will point out any possible violations that have been found.
Q: What happens if I’m injured on the job and my workplace was not up to OSHA’s standards?
A: It really depends on whether or not your injury was caused by the violation specifically.
Q: My injury doesn’t seem like that big of a deal. Should I really contact a lawyer?
A: Yes. Sometimes, workers’ compensation just isn’t enough. It takes more to treat any injuries that may have been sustained on a construction site. There is almost no injury that is “too small” and it is your right to seeks the compensation you deserve.
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Did you know?
There are nearly 20 crane accident deaths each year.
Deaths caused by crane accidents may qualify for the family to receive burial or death benefits through workers’ compensation. It is important for the survivors to look into their benefit eligibility.