New Orleans Construction Accident Attorneys
Construction is one of the most important and vital industries in New Orleans. It’s also one of the most dangerous. In fact, one in five worker deaths is in construction. Owners, developers and contractors have a duty to provide a reasonably safe working environment, and they can be liable for construction accidents when workers are not given the protection they need to do their jobs safely. The personal injury attorneys at the Palazzo Law Firm in Gretna help injured construction workers throughout the greater New Orleans area recover compensation after a construction accident caused by workplace safety violations or negligent third parties.
What are the leading causes of New Orleans construction accidents?
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has identified the four leading causes of construction accidents in New Orleans and nationwide. These so-called Fatal Four together make up about 60% of construction worker fatalities. The fatal four, in order of incidence, are:
- Struck by Object
OSHA has further identified the most common safety violations that lead to these construction accidents and injuries. Some of these violations involve:
- Lack of fall protection, such as belts, harnesses, hoists and nets
- Negligently erected scaffolding
- Failure to perform lockout/tagout procedures on electrical equipment
- Defective ladders or the wrong type of ladder supplied for the job
- Violations of safety standards for forklifts and other powered industrial trucks, regarding issues such as backup alarms, overloading and operator training
- Negligently erected cranes or unsafe crane operations
When does third-party liability apply to a New Orleans construction accident?
A third party in the employment context simply means a party other than the employer or the employee. Often a third party is responsible for causing or contributing to a construction accident in New Orleans. In those situations, the injured construction worker can pursue a civil claim or personal injury lawsuit against the negligent third party and recover compensation for the full range of legal damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Here are just a few examples of third-party liability for a construction accident:
A construction worker is involved in a car wreck caused by a negligent or distracted driver while the worker is traveling between job sites or is out picking up or delivering supplies. A negligent driver could also drive onto a construction site or injure a worker in a construction work zone on or near a road or highway.
A construction worker is working off-site on private property, and the property owner has left the premises in a dangerously unsafe condition unrelated to the construction work. Property owners can be held liable for construction worker accidents in a slip and fall, trip and fall or another premises liability claim.
A construction worker may be injured by a defective piece of equipment or machinery, such as a power tool or backhoe. If the product was defective when it left the factory, the injured worker may have a products liability claim against the manufacturer.
Get Help after a Serious New Orleans Construction Accident
As a construction worker, you can’t afford to be laid low by an injury on the job, and if that happens, you need help getting the medical care you need and obtaining financial assistance to compensate you for the time you’ve missed from work. After a construction accident in New Orleans, call the Palazzo Law Firm in Gretna at 504-433-1442 or 877-433-1442 for a free consultation with a skilled and experienced New Orleans construction accident lawyer.