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Seattle construction accident lawyers

Seattle Construction Site Accident Lawyers

Call our Seattle-area construction site attorneys when you’ve been injured on the job

In the busy world of construction, where progress and innovation often go hand in hand with potential hazards, the unfortunate reality is that accidents can occur. If you or a loved one has experienced a construction-related injury, you understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll it can take. The team of experienced Seattle construction accident attorneys at Smith McBroom is here to provide the guidance and support you need during this challenging time. With a deep understanding of construction site complexities and a commitment to advocating for the rights of those injured, we stand ready to pursue the compensation you deserve.

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How often do construction accidents happen?

According to the National Safety Council, 2021 saw 5,190 fatal accidents in the construction industry, along with 1,335,000 non-fatal injuries.

The NSC also reportsIn 2021, the industry sector experiencing the largest number of preventable fatal injuries was construction, followed by transportation and warehousing. The industry sector experiencing the highest fatality rates per 100,000 workers was agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, followed by mining.” [emphasis ours]

What are the “Fatal Four”?

The "Fatal Four" in construction refers to the four leading causes of fatal injuries on construction sites. These hazards are consistently responsible for a significant number of construction-related fatalities. The term is commonly used by safety professionals and regulatory agencies to emphasize the importance of addressing these specific risks. The "Fatal Four" includes:

  1. Falls. Falls are the leading cause of fatal accidents in the construction industry. They can occur from heights such as ladders, scaffolds, roofs, or elevated work platforms. Adequate fall protection measures, including guardrails, safety nets, and personal fall arrest systems, are crucial to preventing these accidents.
  2. Struck by object. This category encompasses incidents where a worker is struck by a flying, falling, swinging, or rolling object. Examples include falling tools, equipment, or other objects. Wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) and maintaining clear work areas are essential preventive measures.
  3. Electrocutions. Electrical hazards pose a significant risk on construction sites. Electrocutions can result from contact with live wires, faulty equipment, or unsafe work practices. Proper training, the use of insulated tools, and adherence to electrical safety protocols are essential for preventing electrocution incidents.
  4. Caught-in/between. This category includes accidents where workers are caught, crushed, pinched, or otherwise trapped between objects or equipment. Examples include being caught in machinery or between moving parts. Proper equipment guarding, lockout/tagout procedures, and worker training are crucial for preventing caught-in/between incidents.

What other injuries happen on Seattle construction sites?

Construction sites in Seattle can present a variety of hazards that may lead to different types of injuries. Some other common injuries on construction sites include:

  • Musculoskeletal injuries. Strains, sprains, and other musculoskeletal injuries can result from lifting heavy objects, repetitive motions, or awkward postures. Proper training and the use of ergonomic equipment can help prevent these injuries.
  • Cuts and lacerations. Workers may be at risk of cuts and lacerations from sharp tools, machinery, or construction materials. Adherence to safety protocols and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) can reduce the likelihood of these injuries.
  • Burns. Construction sites involving welding, hot work, or electrical work can pose a risk of burns. Proper training, the use of protective clothing, and adherence to safety procedures are essential in preventing burn injuries.
  • Eye injuries. Dust, debris, and flying objects can pose a risk to the eyes of construction workers. Works should be outfitted with proper safety glasses or goggles for eye protection, especially in areas where there is a risk of particles or foreign objects.
  • Respiratory issues. Exposure to dust, fumes, and hazardous substances can lead to respiratory problems. The use of appropriate respiratory protection and proper ventilation can help mitigate these risks.
  • Falls (non-fatal). While falls are part of the “Fatal Four,” non-fatal falls can also result in serious injuries, such as broken bones or concussions. Adequate fall protection measures, including guardrails and safety nets, are critical.
  • Noise-induced hearing loss. Construction sites often involve loud machinery and tools, which can contribute to hearing loss over time. Wearing hearing protection and implementing engineering controls can help mitigate this risk.
  • Crush injuries. Workers may be at risk of crush injuries from heavy equipment, collapsing structures, or caught-in/between incidents. Proper training, communication, and equipment safety measures are vital in preventing crush injuries.

Employers and workers need to prioritize safety through comprehensive training programs, the use of appropriate personal protective equipment, regular equipment inspections, and adherence to state and federal safety regulations.

Who is liable for my Seattle construction accident?

Determining liability for construction accident injuries can be complex and depends on the specific circumstances surrounding the incident. Several parties may be held responsible, including:

  • General contractors. If there is a general contractor overseeing the construction project, they may be held responsible for safety measures on the entire site. This includes ensuring that subcontractors adhere to safety standards and that the work environment is free from hazards.
  • Subcontractors. Subcontractors responsible for specific tasks on the construction site may be held liable if their work or negligence contributed to the accident. This could involve issues such as improper installation, inadequate safety measures, or failure to communicate effectively with other parties on the site.
  • Property owners. In some cases, the property owner may be held liable for construction site injuries, particularly if they were aware of hazardous conditions on the property and failed to address them.
  • Manufacturers and/or suppliers. If the accident was caused by a defective product or equipment, the manufacturer or supplier of that product may be held liable for product liability.
  • Architects and/or engineers. Design professionals may be held responsible if the accident resulted from design flaws or negligence in the planning and execution of the construction project.
  • Other third parties. Depending on the circumstances, other third parties such as maintenance companies or entities responsible for safety inspections may also be held liable.

It's essential to consult with a qualified Seattle personal injury attorney to assess the specific details of your case. At Smith McBroom, we can help identify the responsible parties, gather evidence, and navigate the legal process to pursue compensation for your injuries. Additionally, for some, workers' compensation may provide benefits regardless of fault, but there are situations where a personal injury lawsuit may be pursued against third parties. Our legal professionals experienced in construction accident cases can provide valuable guidance tailored to your situation.

Do you have a Seattle construction accident attorney near me?

Smith McBroom is located at 16400 Southcenter Parkway, Suite #210, Seattle, Washington, 98188. We’re right off I-5 and I-405, near Southcenter Mall. There is a bus stop near our office, and we offer free on-site parking.

Talk to our Seattle construction accident lawyers today for skilled legal help

If you've suffered injuries in a construction site accident, your focus should be on recovery, not navigating the complexities of legal battles. Our dedicated team of construction site accident lawyers is here to be your advocates and guide you through the process of seeking the compensation you deserve. Let us put our expertise to work for you, fighting to protect your rights and holding responsible parties accountable. Your well-being is our priority, and we are committed to securing the justice and compensation you need to move forward. Take the first step towards recovery by reaching out to us now. Call our Tukwila-based offices or fill out our contact form today to schedule a meeting with one of our experienced lawyers.