Any construction site, albeit for a new building or a new highway, undoubtedly runs the risk of workers falling through holes, shafts or other openings. These can form because of poorly piled asphalt, mishandled carpentry or even natural causes, and they range from holes covered by materials that were not strong enough to support the workers to potentially fatal holes in apartment floors.
Not paying attention to such hazards can lead to dangerous situations. Laws and regulations, however, protect the employees, because the employer or a supervisor should take all measures to signal and cover up such holes.
When that responsibility is taken seriously, compliance with existing regulation makes sure such injuries are avoided:
- Cuts and Bruises
- Hip Fractures
- Shoulder Injuries
- Leg Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Unprotected holes pose a massive risk for both a worker and passersby who can stumble or even fall through them. Most of the times, the accident will look like this:
- Stumble due to a hole in the ground
- Broken leg after stepping in a hole while walking
- Concussion after falling through an elevated hole
- Severed members after a fall through an unprotected hole
- Damaged internal organs after collapsing through a hole
O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm prides itself with a long history of settling and litigating cases revolving around construction site accidents caused by unprotected holes. Request a free case evaluation of your situation and let one of our experts do justice on your behalf.