When you think of construction site accidents, the tendency can be to focus on large scale events, such as the collapse of a building or crane, or the malfunction of heavy equipment or machinery. Some of the most debilitating accidents on construction sites, however, often result from trips and falls on debris strewn across the job site, or from leftover construction materials falling from upper levels on a high-rise.
The owner or operator of a construction site has a duty to maintain the premises in ways that minimize the risk of injury to workers or visitors to the job site. This includes keeping the site reasonably free of any debris that may cause a risk of injury, such as:
- Piles of dirt, rock, gravel or cement that a worker can trip over or that can collapse on workers
- Leftover building materials, such as lumber, sheetrock, wiring, packaging, sawdust, nails or other items that can either fall on a worker or impede the movement of workers on a job site
- Tools, machines, boxes and other items that can trip up a worker or fall on someone
In California, if you are injured on a construction site, you have a right to seek benefits under the California Workers’ Compensation Act. You won’t need to show that your employer was at fault, only that you were injured in the course and scope of your employment. This is true, even if you are partially or totally responsible for your own injury.
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