New Jersey Construction Fall Injury Lawyers
Representing NJ construction workers, pedestrians, and drivers injured due to construction work
Construction accidents include accidents while builders are raising new buildings, or when road companies are repairing or improving road conditions. The workers at these sites are at risk of falls, being struck by vehicles, being pinned by machinery, toxic exposures, and many other dangers. Pedestrians may be struck by falling objects at building sites.
At Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP, our award-winning workplace injury attorneys have the singular mission to recover compensation for you. After a workplace injury that was caused by negligence, you will have questions about your legal options. Our NJ construction injury attorneys have answers, and we offer guidance on what your next steps might be. Schedule a free consultation to get the answers and insight you need about your construction site injury case today.
One construction accident case our lawyers handled was the top New Jersey settlement according to the New Jersey Law Journal. We obtained a $5,350,000 settlement for a 60-year-old foreman who fell through a hole on a second-floor mezzanine. The worker suffered fractures including: his pelvis requiring a plate and screws, lumbar spine, ribs, and left foot. Plaintiff also suffered a traumatic brain injury. He also now walks with a permanent limp. The worker could not return to his job.
We obtained $4 million in another construction case involving a scaffolding-collapse case.
How can we help?
- How prevalent are construction site injuries?
- What safety measures can help prevent injuries at NJ construction sites?
- What types of construction accidents are common in New Jersey?
- What are some common construction accident injuries in New Jersey?
- What types of claims can I file after falling on a construction site?
- Do you have a lawyer near me?
How prevalent are construction site injuries?
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in 2020, 4,764 workers died while doing their jobs. Nearly half of the fatalities involved workers in transportation and material moving occupations, construction, and extraction occupations.
According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), the top four causes of construction fatalities were falls, being struck by an object, being caught in-between objects commonly used at trenches and excavation sites, and electrical accidents.
According to BigRentz, an equipment site, there were 174,100 construction site injuries in 2020. More than half of all workers say they could benefit from more safety training. Twenty-five percent of all construction workers worry about being injured – every day.
Falls on construction sites result in countless lacerations, broken bones, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), and spinal cord injuries every year. Those who have sustained serious injuries, or who have lost a loved one in a fall at a construction site, may have grounds for a workplace injury claim.
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What safety measures can help prevent injuries at NJ construction sites?
The proper safety equipment can mean the difference between a simple slip and fall accident and a serious or even fatal fall. To prevent falls, OSHA requires employers to provide fall prevention and protection equipment and training at construction sites across the country. Some of the many OSHA guidelines for the construction industry can be found below:
- 1926.451, General requirements (scaffolding)
- 1926.452, Additional requirements applicable to specific types of scaffolds
- 1926.454, Training requirements (scaffolding)
- 1926.501, Duty to have fall protection
- 1926.502, Fall protection systems criteria and practices
- 1926.503, Training requirements (fall protection)
- 1926.760, Steel erection (fall protection)
- 1926.800, Underground construction
- 1926.1051, General requirements (stairways and ladders)
- 1926.1052, Stairways
- 1926.1053, Ladders
- 1926.1060, Training requirements (stairways and ladders)
- 1926.1423, Cranes and derricks in construction (fall protection)
For example, employers are responsible for providing all the necessary safety equipment workers need to perform their job with minimum risk of falling. When working more than six feet off the ground, construction workers should utilize harnesses, safety nets, guardrails, or lifelines when moving around the job site. Skylights and other openings should be covered or otherwise secured.
There are several simple ways to prevent falls from ladders. Ladders should always be the right size and type for the job at hand. Ladders should be sturdy and placed on flat, stable ground, with three points of contact.
Proper safety training helps to prevent falls from scaffolds. Scaffolding should be inspected before each use and placed on level ground. Workers should never climb cross-braces on the scaffold. Guardrails on scaffolds provide added stability for workers.
Preparation and vigilance can reduce the risk of ground level falls. Construction debris should be removed from work areas on an ongoing basis. Guardrails should be installed around hazardous machinery and dangerous chemicals.
What types of construction accidents are common in New Jersey?
Our NJ personal injury law firm has a successful record of obtaining significant settlements and verdicts in construction site injury claims that result from:
- Fall injuries, defective scaffolding, and unsafe ladders
- Injuries from falling products, materials, and tools
- Being caught between objects
- Motor vehicle accidents – car accidents, truck accidents, and other vehicle accidents
- Burns, including welding burn injuries and explosion accidents
- Construction truck injuries, forklift accidents
- Conveyor, hoist, and crane accidents
- Equipment malfunction
- Forklift accidents
- Hazardous toxic material and chemical exposure
- Injuries from roof, wall, and trench collapses
- Nail gun injuries
- Power tool injuries, table saw accidents, air hammer injuries
What are some common construction accident injuries in New Jersey?
Serious construction accident injuries such as the ones listed below are likely to require extensive medical treatment and long-term care:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Back or neck injuries
- Traumatic amputation or limb loss
- Crush injuries
- Burns, scarring, and disfiguring burns
- Electric shock
- Eye injuries and blindness
- Broken bones
- Knee, ankle, and foot injury
- Neck, shoulder, or back injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Illnesses from toxic chemical exposure
What types of claims can I file after falling on a construction site?
We file New Jersey construction accident claims on behalf of injured contractors, employees, and pedestrians. We’ll explain which type of claim applies to your accident. For workers, your rights may vary depending on your employment. Possible claims include:
- A personal injury claim against the site owners, engineers, architects, contractors, subcontractors, and other businesses and people.
- A product liability claim against a manufacturer of a defective work tool, machinery item, or equipment item.
- If you have lost a loved one in a construction accident, our NJ wrongful death attorneys can protect your right to recover compensation for your loss.
In personal injury and product liability claims, we demand compensation for your medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, scarring and disfigurement, loss of function, and other damage. We’ll explain what damages you can seek if a loved one died, or if you’re an employee.
Do you have a construction accident lawyer near me?
Our New Jersey construction fall accident lawyers meet clients at our offices located in:
- Edison, NJ at 40 Ethel Road and
- Toms River, NJ at 563 Lakehurst Road
We meet clients who are immobile or in ill health at their homes, hospitals, or other healthcare facilities. We also conduct interviews by telephone and Zoom.
Our lawyers understand how traumatic construction fall accidents are. We’ll answer all your questions and guide you through each step of the claims process. We handle construction accident cases on a contingency fee basis.
NJ worksite lawyers helping injured construction workers
If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident, there are several potential avenues for recovering damages. Our experienced New Jersey construction accident lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP will consider every option and make the best decision for you based on your case. Call or contact us to schedule a free initial consultation regarding your situation.
With offices in Edison, New Jersey, Toms River, New Jersey, and Red Bank, New Jersey, Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP proudly serves clients throughout the state.