A new high-end apartment development is underway at 126 Renaissance Pkwy. NE. in Midtown Atlanta. This site is the former home of the Mellen Parts Company garage, a 70-year-old auto shop that was recently razed to make room for the development. The apartments are being built by Chinese developer Dezhu, and they are estimated to be completed by September 2020, although this date may be pushed back a little bit by the recent COVID-19 outbreak.
The 126 Renaissance development will house luxury apartments that feature a modern architectural style, avant-garde design, and high-end furnishings. Residents will have access to extraordinary amenities such as a fitness center, yoga room, dog spa, club room, office/conference room, and other supporting facilities. The building will also house street-level retail shops and rooftop gardens.
Construction Accident and Injury Risks at the 126 Renaissance Project
As we head into summer, construction activity in Midtown Atlanta is expected to pick up, and the 126 Renaissance project developers will be working tirelessly to have the building ready to open on time. This will mean a strong demand for workers, bringing hundreds of construction-related jobs to the Atlanta area.
While all of the new development projects in Midtown Atlanta are a sign of how vibrant our community is, they do come at a potential cost. Construction is an inherently dangerous industry, and those who are working on these projects are routinely exposed to numerous hazards on the job. Worker safety must be a top priority; otherwise, workers could end up with severe and sometimes fatal injuries.
OSHA requires construction project managers to follow strict safety standards, but unfortunately, these standards are often not adhered to. During construction site inspections, OSHA has identified several frequently cited standard violations. These include:
- Fall Protection
- Hazard Communication
- Machinery and Machine Guarding
- Eye and Face Protection
- Control of Hazardous Energy
- Powered Industrial Trucks
The most common construction-related injuries are referred to by OSHA as the “fatal four”:
- Struck by Objects
- Electrical Injuries
- Caught In-Between
These four types of injuries account for nearly 60% of construction-related fatalities (excluding highway collisions), and OSHA says that eliminating these hazards would save the lives of approximately 600 American construction workers each year.
In addition to the four injuries mentioned above, OSHA also points out that vehicle collisions are another danger that claims the lives of many construction workers. On a major development like 126 Renaissance, supplies and materials are being transported onto the jobsite each day, often from a great distance. Driving these large commercial trucks can be very stressful, especially when you are trying to navigate high-traffic areas like Midtown Atlanta.
Here are some other common injuries that can happen on construction job sites:
- Tool and Machinery Accidents
- Forklift Accidents
- Crane or Hoist Accidents
- Elevator Shaft Accidents
- Gas Leaks, Fires and Explosions
- Repetitive Stress Injuries
- Exposure to Toxic Substances
Construction Accident Injury Claims in Midtown Atlanta
When someone gets injured or killed on a construction site because of another party’s negligence, they and their loved ones deserve to be fully compensated. Unfortunately, workers’ compensation only provides limited coverage for losses such as medical bills and a percentage of wages. Workers’ comp does not provide compensation for the more intangible losses that injured workers and their families have to deal with, such as the excruciating physical pain associated with the injury and the anxiety of not knowing when their lives will return to normal again.
In Georgia, an employee is generally prohibited from filing a personal injury lawsuit against their employer (if workers’ compensation benefits are available), but this might not be your only option. Construction site accidents are often very complicated events that have multiple contributing factors, and in many cases, more than one party could bear some of the responsibility for the accident. If this is the case, then an injured worker may be able to file a personal injury claim directly against the responsible party.
Construction projects like the 126 Renaissance development are large undertakings, and there are a lot of moving parts. In addition to construction workers, there are typically several other contractors and subcontractors that are present at the jobsite on a regular basis. These may include electricians, iron and steel workers, plumbers, and many others.
If one of the individuals that is not employed by the construction company causes an accident, they may be held personally liable for it. In addition, if an independent contractor were to be injured by someone else at the jobsite, they may also be able to file a personal injury claim against the responsible party.
As we talked about earlier, many construction-related deaths and serious injuries are caused by highway collisions. If you were injured in a vehicle accident while transporting supplies to or from a construction site and another driver caused the accident, you would be able to file an injury claim against the at-fault driver’s insurer, just as you would with any other type of vehicle accident.
Faulty building designs and defective or dangerous products are some other common reasons why construction site accidents occur. When there is a design flaw that causes an accident and injury (such as a structural collapse) the architectural and/or engineering firms involved could be responsible. When a faulty piece of equipment or machinery causes an injury, then it may be possible to file a product liability claim against the product manufacturer or distributor.
Each situation is different, and there will always be a unique set of circumstances that must be examined. To help ensure that you fully understand your rights and legal options, it is best to speak with an attorney who has in-depth experience with these types of cases and the proven ability to recover maximum compensation.
Contact Bailey, Javins, & Carter, L.C. Legal Help with Atlanta Construction Site Injuries
For strong legal guidance with construction site accidents in Fulton County, GA, contact Bailey, Javins & Carter, L.C. for assistance. We will provide a free consultation to thoroughly evaluate your case and determine what your legal options may be. If you do have a case, we will not charge attorney fees unless we secure compensation on your behalf.
Call our Atlanta office today at (678) 981-5370 or message us online for your free consultation. We are ready to go to work for you!