Construction Accidents in Pennsylvania

Those who are employed in construction work tirelessly to create and improve buildings, roads, and sidewalks throughout the state of Pennsylvania. This job often puts employees at risk for injury, as they use dangerous tools and put themselves in potentially hazardous situations. Construction jobs are consistently ranked as one of the most dangerous a person can be employed as. This is why it is important to follow safety regulations so that workers can avoid injuries and stay safe. However, accidents do happen and cause serious injuries. When this happens, construction workers are able to receive certain benefits under workers’ compensation law. If you were injured in a construction accident, it is crucial to enlist the services of an experienced attorney.

Types of Accidents

Construction workers are often exposed to dangerous conditions at work. These conditions have the power to cause life-changing injuries to a person if something goes wrong on the job. Usually, construction workers trust the equipment they use will not cause them harm. The majority of construction companies go to great lengths to implement the proper preventative measures so that their employees are safe. While this may be true, mistakes can be made or tools can malfunction. Accidents that are commonly seen on construction sites can include the following:

  • Dangerous falls
  • Nail gun accidents
  • Ladder and scaffolding accidents
  • Falling debris
  • Electrical accidents
  • Construction vehicle accidents
  • Explosions
  • Collapsing buildings
  • Unsafe property conditions 
  • Supervisor negligence

Workers’ Compensation

When someone is injured at work, they can receive workers’ compensation insurance. Because workplace accidents are more common when dealing with construction sites, it is important for construction workers to be aware of these benefits.  Workers’ compensation insurance is offered by the majority of employers in Pennsylvania to cover damages incurred as a result of a job-related accident. 

When an employee is hurt on the job, they may sometimes sustain an injury that prevents them from going back to work. Almost all of the time, these injuries need medical attention. With workers’ compensation, an employee can receive coverage for medical bills and lost wages because of the accident. When this is done, the employer is required to report the injury to the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. It is important to know that if a construction worker accepts these benefits, they cannot pursue legal action against their employer.

Third Party Lawsuits

Even though a construction worker cannot take legal action against their employer, they can do so against a third party. If another party is involved in the accident, the injured party can hold them liable while receiving workers’ compensation. Doing so requires the individual to prove the party’s negligence that led to the accident with evidence. If the employer receives additional compensation from this party, they may be required to pay back the workers’ compensation.

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