Carpenter and Ironworker Accidents on Construction Sites
Philadelphia Attorneys Represent Construction Injury Claims
Carpenters and ironworkers are among the first people on any construction site, assembling the basic structure of the building. These early stages of a construction project are potentially the most dangerous. Any negligence could compromise the integrity and stability of the building, possibly causing a collapse or another catastrophic accident. Additionally, carpenters and ironworkers both use heavy equipment and handle bulky materials on a daily basis. When contractors and construction companies fail to follow safety regulations and procedures, then any laborer involved in the first phase of construction could face permanent, disabling injuries and/or wrongful death. In these circumstances, injured workers and their families may be able to collect compensation for carpentry and/or ironworker accidents from the contractor, site owner and other liable parties.
At Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., our construction accident lawyers understand that your injury affects more than just your physical health. When you are a trained professional in a labor-intensive job, it means not being able to go to work, to earn income and to pursue career options for many years to come. However, it is not your job to take full financial responsibility for your recovery and the long-term consequences of your construction injury. You can and should hold the negligent individual, company or organization accountable for what you have suffered. This may involve a workers compensation claim against your employer as well as a third party claim against any other liable parties. Our experience with these claims includes a landmark settlement of $101 million for victims of the Tropicana parking garage collapse.
What are the Most Common Causes of Carpentry Accidents?
Carpentry is a broad trade that is important at virtually every stage of construction, from the early setting of concrete molds to adding the finishing touches to interior accents. In some cases, carpenters also build temporary scaffolding and braces to stabilize large projects, such as tunnels. Carpentry accidents can happen during any of these projects, but the most catastrophic injuries often affect framing carpenters.
Framing carpenters are involved in the early stages of building projects, most frequently in the construction of commercial buildings. They construct wooden molds (frames) and also usually pour cement into these molds, creating the base structure of the building. To perform this work, carpenters require well-maintained tools and safety equipment, including eye protection and fall prevention devices. However, negligent construction companies may ignore regulations to maximize profits at the expense of safety.
The most common causes of carpentry accidents due to this kind of negligence include:
- Falls from heights. Most buildings requiring cement framing are many stories high, so construction companies must provide safety harnesses and other gear to prevent falls. However, falls from heights are still the most common cause of serious and fatal construction site accidents.
- Machinery malfunction. Circular saws, nail guns, cranes and cement mixers can cause serious debilitating injuries, such as amputation of fingers or limbs. Liability for equipment failure may rest with the company responsible for routine maintenance or repairs. You may also have a claim against the equipment manufacturer if product defects are to blame.
- Falling objects. Construction sites are busy, with many companies working side by side. If any one of these companies causes an accident, then falling debris, equipment and building materials can injure those working below.
What are the Dangers of Ironworker Accidents?
Ironworkers often work at great heights, placing and welding steel framing, although many also construct rebar reinforcements for cement or work on the ground with heavy equipment. When a construction project is just getting underway, ironworkers are more exposed to dangerous elements. They often work on steel skeletons of buildings where there is minimal protection from heights or exposed utility lines. Construction company negligence as well as flaws in welding equipment and other machinery can endanger the lives of ironworkers.
Some common results of ironworker accidents include:
- Fall injuries. The biggest danger for an ironworker, possibly even more than workers in any other trade, is falls from heights. Without necessary safety equipment and training, a worker may sustain catastrophic brain injuries and/or spinal cord injuries in a fall.
- Amputation. If a part of a worker’s body, such as an arm or leg, becomes caught between steel beams or equipment, then a traumatic amputation may result.
- Severe burn injuries. Any accident with welding equipment can easily cause severe burns, which can result in disfigurement, permanent disability, amputation and/or death.
- Impalement injuries. Ironworkers typically work around rebar, which can cause deep lacerations or impalement. This may entail severe internal injuries as well as broken bones.
- Wrongful death. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, ironworkers have the second highest rate of death due to construction site accidents. Falls are the most common cause, but any accident or severe injury may be fatal.
Construction Injury? Contact Our Philadelphia Construction Accident Lawyers Today
Carpentry and ironworker accidents often result in catastrophic construction injuries. However, due to the complex nature of construction sites and projects, many different parties could be involved in or held liable for injuries that result from negligence on the job site. Our lawyers know how to thoroughly investigate carpenter or iron worker accidents and determine whether your accident resulted from negligence by the equipment manufacturer, equipment operator, equipment servicing company, general contractor, subcontractor and/or another party. We will work with you every step of the way to ensure you get compensation for the care you deserve.
Contact our office online or call (866) 569-3400 to discuss your options following a construction injury or loss of a loved one. With offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Cherry Hill, New Jersey, we help clients throughout the area and nationwide.