The demand for new construction in Florida has decreased drastically during the last year signaling a longer wait for the housing industry to recover. Many construction workers are unemployed, and property owners and developers are tightening their belts by keeping costs for supplies and equipment as low as possible. Being financially savvy, however, should not be at the cost of safety. The Jacksonville construction site accident attorneys at Farah & Farah, P.A. agree.
Safety First at Florida Construction Sites
Property owners, developers, and construction managers have a duty to keep the building and property safe from factors that would cause an accident to an employee or visitor. This includes the responsibility to:
- Ensure equipment is properly maintained;
- Make certain products and equipment used are free from defects;
- Make sure debris or materials are not placed so as to cause slips and falls;
- Be certain no toxic substances or unfamiliar objects are on the construction site;
- Follow-up on any employee medical issues that would make them a liability on the construction site;
- Ascertain that any general contractor or trade contractor hired has the appropriate training for the job to be performed;
- Obtain the required municipal inspections and maintain building and safety codes; and
- Notify construction workers, visitors, and outside contractors of a condition that is unsafe at the property.
Any safety concern voiced by an employee property owner, developer, or construction manager needs to be addressed and resolved quickly. Construction site safety should be the number one concern of everyone involved in the development, planning, and building stages of the project. If a safety issue is neglected and causes someone to be injured, all parties responsible for the safety of the site can be held liable. If the hazard is hidden or unnoticeable to someone working at or visiting the construction site, the property owner can still be held legally accountable.
Types of Construction Accident Injuries
Construction accident injuries can include burns, fractures, loss of vision, hearing loss, head injury, neck trauma, traumatic brain injury, and spinal cord injury. An accident causing one of these conditions can be life-altering, producing astronomical expenses for medical costs, rehabilitation, at home care, and out-of-pocket expenses.
After an Accident, Contact the Jacksonville Construction Accident Lawyers at 855-797-9899
You will need representation by a skilled Jacksonville personal injury lawyer, such as Eddie Farah, to seek damages for the pain, suffering, and injuries a construction accident has caused you. If you were hurt while visiting or working at a construction site, the Florida construction accident attorneys at Farah & Farah can help protect your rights. Contact us today for a consultation of your specific situation.