OSHA Guidelines on Construction Workers Returning to Work

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the lives of millions of Americans, and it will likely have long-term effects on many areas of this nation’s construction industry. While some contractors took a break in the first and second quarters as states issued shelter-in-place orders, others continued with planned construction projects to meet deadlines.

What has changed significantly are the guidelines meant to protect the health and safety of workers in this industry. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a series of responses to COVID-19 that provide guidance for the construction workforce, including information about possible work-related injuries due to coronavirus exposure. These guidelines are essential considerations as companies either return to work or wish to implement measures to slow the spread of the virus.

Different Construction Work Tasks and Exposure Levels

Not every construction job is the same. Some positions and tasks will create higher levels of exposure to a virus like COVID-19. OSHA has divided construction work into four different risk levels:

  • Lower Risk– Tasks allowing workers to stay at least 6 feet apart and involved little contact with visitors, customers, or the public.
  • Medium Risk– Tasks requiring less than a 6-foot distance between workers or tasks that require workers to be less than 6 feet away from visitors, customers, or the public.
  • High Risk– Tasks involving indoor work, where the area is also occupied by other workers, residents, or customers who are known or suspected to have COVID-19 or where an occupant has shown signs of the virus.
  • Very High Risk– This category is not applicable to most construction work tasks.

According to OSHA, the lower risk category of construction is most appropriate at this time. For higher exposure risk levels, companies and contractors may wish to consider delaying the work as well as following OSHA’s guidance to establish a safer work environment.

Appropriate Controls in Construction for Return to Work

Construction businesses can reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 by implementing several types of controls.

Engineering Controls

If you must do essential or emergency work in an indoor construction environment where any person is known or suspected to have COVID-19, OSHA recommends that contractors use walls and closed doors, when possible, to create physical work barriers. Another recommendation is to put up plastic barriers when workers must occupy indoor space and be in close contact (under 6 feet) with a known or suspect COVID-19 case.

Since personal protective equipment (PPE) may be in short supply, OSHA recommends that employers periodically re-examine engineering controls and work practices to reduce exposure risks and the need for PPE. These same measures can reduce employee exposure to injuries and illnesses from excess dust and dangerous chemicals.

Administrative Controls

Whenever possible, employers should review and update policies to maintain a safe workplace. These include policies related to:

  • Standards– Includes creating standard operating procedures that follow, OSHA, CDC, state, and local guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus.
  • Training– Refers to training for the workers on the spread of the infection in their areas.
  • Screening– Evaluating each job in terms of risk and potential exposure before allowing workers onto a job site.

COVID-19 Guidance for Construction Workers

The guidance from OSHA for construction work is not a regulation or standard. The recommendations are meant to help employers create a workplace that will have a lower risk of hazards that will cause injury and death. With respect to COVID-19, OSHA is recommending that construction firms:

  • Allow workers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth to prevent the spread of the virus.
  • Encourage respiratory etiquette, such as covering sneezes and coughs.
  • Train workers on the proper use of PPE.
  • Encourage workers to remain home if they are sick.
  • Counsel workers to avoid physical contact with others, maintaining at least a 6-foot distance from other workers, contractors, and visitors whenever possible. Workers should also socially distance when inside construction trailers.
  • Promote frequent hand washing and provide access to alcohol-based sanitizer if immediate access to soap and water is not feasible.
  • If equipment or tools must be shared, instruct workers on how to sanitize them between use.
  • Use only EPA-approved cleaning chemicals that have label listings for COVID-19.
  • Clean and disinfect common spaces, such as breakrooms and bathrooms, regularly, as well as frequently touched items like door pulls.
  • Limit in-person meetings in terms of time and the number of people in attendance.
  • Encourage workers to report any health or safety concerns.

Is COVID-19 a Work-Related Injury?

Most Americans are doing the best they can to stay healthy and safe during these trying times. And many employers are taking recommended precautions to avoid the spread of COVID-19 among workers. But what happens when a construction worker does get the infection and believes they were exposed in the workplace?

When an illness comes from an occupational exposure, it is generally covered by workers’ compensation. But with a virus that is transmitted through the air and that has an incubation period of up to 14 days, it can be difficult to establish that an infection or exposure took place in the workplace as opposed to someplace else.

If you are not an “essential worker,” there currently is not a presumption of compensability when it comes to contracting the coronavirus. That doesn’t mean that no benefits will be available to you or that things won’t change since the situation remains incredibly fluid.

Exposed to COVID-19 in the Workplace? Contact Us!

Some people must continue working despite hazardous conditions. A global pandemic is an unprecedented situation, and the laws are still being tested when it comes to coverage. What hasn’t changed is that employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy working environment.

If you believe you contracted COVID-19 in the workplace, you may be entitled to compensation. At Bailey, Javins & Carter, L.C., our experienced workplace injury attorneys fight for the rights of injured workers, and we would be happy to review your situation.

Contact our office today at 678-981-5370 to schedule a free consultation.

Can a Sub-Contractor Sue a General Contractor for a Work-Related Injury?

When a construction project is underway, even a small one, the workers on the site are often a mix of specialized laborers and contractors. A general contractor might have oversight on the project, but there will be a steady stream of subcontractors on and off the job site that handle specialized work such as framing, plumbing, tiling, and electrical work.

When a project owner hires a contractor, they often have a list of criteria that includes a valid contractor’s business license, bonding, and workers’ compensation insurance. But what happens when one of those subcontractors gets hurt on the job? Who is liable for a work-related injury?

Construction Site Injuries Can Be Severe

Working in the construction industry can be particularly dangerous, thanks to many hazards that exist on a construction job site. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that there are more than 5,000 deaths in this industry annually. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that more than 6% of all construction workers will be injured at work severely enough to lose time from work.

Most of the construction accident injuries fall into one of several main categories:

  • Falling objects
  • Electrocution
  • Slip, trips & falls
  • Machinery malfunctions
  • Ladder and scaffolding collapses
  • Chemical accidents and exposure

Who Is Liable When a Sub-Contractor is Injured?

Let us assume you have a framer working on a scaffolding who is seriously injured when the structure collapses. The worker is a subcontractor, and their employer erected the scaffolding but did so incorrectly.

The general contractor for the job had no tradesmen on staff but did supervise the job with a superintendent that visited the job site at least once per day. The superintendent did not tell the framers how to put up the scaffolding, how to do their work, and did not furnish any tools for the job.

Can the general contractor be held liable for the injury of the subcontractor in this case? Probably not, but there are some “tests” according to the law that help determine who is responsible.

What is Statutory Employment in Georgia?

Each state’s workers’ compensation system is governed by state as opposed to federal law (there are a few exceptions). In Georgia, a “statutory employer” is a party that can be held liable for workers’ compensation benefits when a subcontractor is injured.

Specifically, O.C.G.A. § 34-9-8(a) states that some of the entities that may be considered statutory employers are primary contractors, secondary contractors, and subcontractors.

Under the state’s workers’ compensation statute, the actual employer, which would be the framer in our example, is primarily responsible for compensation, and the statutory employer is secondarily liable. If the immediate employer does not carry insurance or is insolvent, the injured worker could pursue benefits from the statutory employer.

While there are often safeguards in place to ensure that general contractors have full insurance coverage, this is not always the case with subcontractors. But Georgia’s Workers’ Compensation Act requires that most employers with three or more employees have workers’ compensation insurance to protect their staff.

If a subcontractor does not have three or more employees or does and fails to secure workers’ compensation coverage, the general contractor can be treated as a statutory employer and be held liable for an injured worker’s injuries.

Is There an Employer/Employee Relationship?

Another exception exists where a general contractor might be liable for the negligence of a subcontractor. This happens when the general contractor “retains control” over the work efforts of the subcontractor.

Assume the same framer and scaffolding scenario above, but with a few changes. The general contractor tells the subcontractor how and when the job must be done, provides the materials for the scaffolding, and supervises its assembly. When an accident happens, the general contractor would be hard-pressed to argue that they were not treating the subcontractor like an employee.

There are several instances in which the appearance of an employer/employee relationship can make a general contractor liable for injuries to a subcontractor:

  • When the general contractor has control over the means, method, and manner in which the subcontractor works;
  • When the general contractor has agreed to control the safety of the job site; and
  • When the general contractor is superintending the job, knows that the subcontractor isn’t working safely, and fails to exercise an opportunity to prevent an accident.

Workers’ Compensation vs. Third-Party Claims

In most scenarios, workers’ compensation is a “no-fault” system, meaning an employee cannot sue an employer for damages, and no one needs to prove negligence to collect benefits. But things become complicated when there are multiple employers on a job site.

If a subcontractor is injured on the job, they may have access to workers’ compensation benefits, either through their employer or the general contractor. Workers’ compensation provides a variety of benefits, such as reimbursement for a portion of lost wages, payment for medical care, retraining when necessary, and permanent disability.

A construction worker in Georgia might have other means of recovery after a serious accident. In some cases, a third party might be responsible for the accident and resulting injuries. Some examples include when a faulty piece of machinery or a toxic substance caused injury. These are complex cases that require thorough investigation, but you may be entitled to additional damages that are not covered by workers’ compensation.

It is a common misconception that insurance companies will step up and pay legitimate claims and treat injured workers with fairness and respect. In many cases, injured workers must fight for the compensation they rightfully deserve, which is why we recommend that you work with a lawyer that can investigate and prove your case.

Speak With a Qualified Atlanta Construction Injury Firm

The experienced injury attorneys at Bailey, Javins & Carter, L.C. in Atlanta are available for consultation at no cost to you. If you have suffered an injury in your workplace and believe you may have a third-party claim, our legal team will review your situation and outline your options.

Contact us now at 678-981-5370 or reach us online to schedule your appointment.

126 Renaissance Construction Site Accidents

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
  • Scaffolding
  • Ladders
  • 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”:

  • Falls
  • 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!

 

 

Cousins 8th@West Peachtree St Construction Site Accidents

901 West Peachtree St., at the corner of 8th and West Peachtree St. in Midtown Atlanta, is the site of a 31-story office tower being developed by Cousins Properties. The new tower will be blade-shaped and house 470,000 square feet of offices along with some retail shops at the base. The tower would be situated a block away from Technology Square and NCR’s global headquarters, and just a two-minute walk from the Midtown MARTA station.

The project has been initially named 8th and West Peachtree, and developers originally hoped to have it completed and opened up by the spring of 2021. However, construction has slowed down considerably recently, even prior to the COVID-19 outbreak. Georgia was among the first states to reopen for business after the lockdowns, and as we head into summer, work on the project could get back to full speed. Still, the original target for completion is probably no longer realistic, and there is a good chance it will be moved back to around the end of 2021 or even sometime into 2022.

Construction Accident Risks at the 901 West Peachtree Street Project

The 8th@West Peachtree Street development is one of several ongoing construction projects in Midtown Atlanta. And as Georgia and the rest of the country recovers from the economic fallout produced by widespread business closures and job losses, this and other projects will bring thousands of much-needed jobs to the Atlanta area.

There are many moving parts on a construction site, and there will be a great need for construction laborers, plumbers, electricians, iron and steel workers, engineers, architects, and various other types of contractors and subcontractors. And once the project is complete, several permanent jobs will be created by the new offices and retail space. That said, there is likely to be a large trend toward telecommuting in the wake of COVID-19, and it remains to be seen what effect that will have on demand for office space in Midtown Atlanta.

Those working on the construction project at 901 West Peachtree run a much higher than average risk of getting injured on the job. Construction is among the most dangerous occupations, and workers are regularly exposed to numerous hazards.

Working with heavy machinery, equipment, and materials in a fast-paced environment and often at high elevations requires those in charge to make safety their number one priority. A lot can go wrong if proper safety protocols are not followed, and workers can end up with severe and catastrophic injuries as a result.

More than 5,000 American workers are killed on the job each year, and approximately one out of every five fatalities happen in the construction industry. According to OSHA, there are four common instruction site accidents that account for roughly 60% of industry-related deaths. These are:

  • Slips, Trips, and Falls: Falls account for about one-third of all construction-related fatalities. Working in higher elevations and often on slippery and unstable services make workers more susceptible to this type of injury.
  • Being Struck By/Struck Against Events: Being struck by an object or struck against a hard surface is the second leading cause of death on construction sites. When proper safety measures are not taken while working with heavy materials, a construction worker can end up getting the fatally struck.
  • Electrocutions: Electrical injuries are the third leading cause of death on construction sites. As a building is being constructed, electrical work is usually being done simultaneously. Again, lack of proper safety protocols can produce an electrical shock, causing severe and sometimes fatal injuries to workers.
  • Being Caught In-Between/Crush Injuries: The fourth leading cause of death on construction sites is being crushed after getting caught in between in an enclosed area. Sometimes, these types of injuries are caused by faulty machinery. At other times, they are due to carelessness.

Construction Site Accident Claims in Atlanta

When someone gets injured on the job, they will usually file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. This is not available to everyone who works at a construction site, but even when it is, benefits are very limited, and it is not as easy as it should be to collect on them. If you are able to get workers’ comp, you may get covered for medical bills and a percentage of lost wages, but there is nothing available for intangible losses such as pain-and-suffering, psychological distress, and loss of enjoyment.

The good news is that, in many cases, there are other legal options for workers who get injured in a construction site accident. Although in most cases you will not be able to file a personal injury lawsuit directly against your employer, there is a chance that a party other than your employer played a role in causing your injury.

Typically, there are numerous factors that contribute to construction site accidents, and oftentimes, there are multiple responsible parties. Some parties that could be at fault for a construction accident include:

  • Contractors/Subcontractors: As we talked about earlier, there are several contractors and subcontractors that work alongside employees of a construction company at the jobsite. If one of them causes an accident with injuries, they can be held responsible. By the same token, if an independent contractor is injured by a company employee, they may be able to hold the construction company and/or the employee responsible.
  • Vehicle Drivers: According to OSHA, highway collisions are another common cause of construction-related deaths. On a large construction site like the 8th and West Peachtree project, materials are continually being transported into and out of the jobsite. This exposes numerous workers to the risk of a vehicle accident, and if another driver is responsible, the injured construction worker can file a claim directly against the at-fault driver.
  • Product Manufacturers: Some construction site accidents are caused by defective or dangerous equipment or machinery that malfunctions during the course of regular use. When this happens, the injured worker may be able to file a product liability claim against the manufacturer, supplier, or distributor of the faulty product.

Injured in a Construction Site Accident in Atlanta? Contact Bailey, Javins, & Carter, L.C. for Assistance

If you or a loved one suffered injury while working on the Cousins 8th and West Peachtree project or any other construction site in Fulton County, Bailey, Javins & Carter, L.C. is here to help. For over 40 years, we have successfully stood up for injured workers against organizations in some of the most powerful industries, and we are ready to go to work for you.

 

Our consultations are free, and we can conduct them remotely in accordance with the current social distancing guidelines. And if we determine that you have a case, we will not charge any attorney fees unless we recover compensation on your behalf. For your free consultation and case assessment, message us online or call our Atlanta office today at (678) 981-5370. We look forward to serving you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Norfolk Southern Headquarters Construction Accidents

In March of 2019, railroad giant Norfolk Southern broke ground on its new Midtown Atlanta headquarters, which will be located at 650 W. Peachtree Street. The massive 1.4 million square foot development is being overseen by Atlanta-based Cousins Properties, and it will be situated on a 3.4-acre property that connects Ponce De Leon Avenue and Third Street.

The $575 million construction project will include a 22-story glass office tower, with most of the space (approximately 1 million square feet) being occupied by Norfolk Southern. There will also be approximately 13,000 square feet of retail space, a “food hall style” dining facility, sprawling green spaces on rooftops and at the street level, and a fitness center that will be open 24/7. Norfolk Southern hopes to complete and open their new headquarters by the middle of 2021.

Construction Accident Risks on the Norfolk Southern Headquarters Project

Norfolk Southern has a storied history, having evolved from several regional railroads that date all the way back to the 1830s. The company in its current form was created in 1982, with Norfolk, Virginia as its headquarters. NS is a multi-billion-dollar Fortune 500 company with over 26,000 employees, and its decision in 2018 to leave its hometown of Norfolk and relocate its headquarters to Atlanta is considered one of Atlanta’s largest corporate gets in recent memory.

The impact of the NS headquarters on Atlanta’s local economy will be tremendous. Thousands of white-collar jobs will be relocating here from Norfolk, and hundreds of additional jobs will be created for the retail shops and other businesses that will be spawned by this development. Thousands of jobs have also been created for construction workers, electricians, architects, engineers, iron and steel workers, and various other contractors and subcontractors who are needed to bring this project to fruition.

All of these construction-related jobs come at a potential cost, however. Construction sites are among the most dangerous work environments, and project workers face many occupational hazards that are not present in most other industries. Construction workers perform strenuous tasks in a fast-paced environment, often in highly elevated places where there is a great risk of major injuries if they were to fall.

Atlanta’s hot and humid climate (in the summertime especially) makes things even more stressful for workers, and on top of everything else, near record low unemployment (currently at around 3%) means workers are more frequently asked to put in overtime.

On Midtown Atlanta projects like the Norfolk Southern headquarters development, it is extremely important for employers to follow all government regulations and employ best safety practices in order to keep their workers safe. Failure to do so exposes employees to numerous potential hazards.

OSHA has identified several safety violations that they frequently find during construction site inspections. These include:

  • Fall Protection
  • Ladders
  • Scaffolding
  • Hazardous Energy Control
  • Eye and Face Protection
  • Powered Industrial Trucks

More than 5,000 American workers are killed on the job every year, and about 21% of these workplace fatalities happen in the construction industry. OSHA points to four common construction site accidents they call the “fatal four”. These are:

  • Slip, trip, and fall injuries;
  • Being struck by/struck against events;
  • Electrical injuries;
  • Being caught in between/crush injuries.

These four types of injuries are responsible for nearly 60% of all construction worker deaths, and OSHA says that eliminating them would save the lives of almost 600 workers in the US each year.

In addition to the “fatal four”, there are several other types of injuries that happen frequently at construction sites. These include:

  • Trench and wall collapses;
  • Tool and machinery accidents;
  • Gas leaks, fires and explosions;
  • Crane or hoist accidents;
  • Forklift accidents;
  • Elevator shaft accidents;
  • Repetitive stress injuries;
  • Exposure to dangerous chemicals or toxins;
  • Transportation accidents.

A construction site accident can result in death or serious injury. Some of the most common injuries that happen on construction sites include:

  • Head injuries;
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI);
  • Back and neck injuries;
  • Spinal cord injuries;
  • Severe burn injuries;
  • Fractures/broken bones;
  • Amputations/loss of limbs;
  • Paralysis;
  • Occupational illnesses.

Pursuing an Atlanta Construction Site Accident Claim

For an injured construction worker, their first recourse for obtaining reimbursement is usually their employer’s workers’ compensation policy. But this only provides limited benefits, and workers’ comp does nothing to help with the intangible losses injured workers and their families suffer; such as the immense physical pain-and-suffering, the distress and anxiety of not knowing how long they will have to suffer and when they will recover, and losing the ability to participate in physical activities they once enjoyed.

Although Georgia employees are generally barred from filing a personal injury lawsuit against their employer, there may be other ways to recover the compensation needed to cope with a workplace injury – depending on the situation. This would usually be accomplished by filing a personal injury claim against a party other than the employer who may have played a role in causing the workplace accident.

The size and scope of the Norfolk Southern Headquarters project is massive, and with a project of this magnitude, there are a number of moving parts. On any given day, there are hundreds of workers at the job site performing various tasks. And when there is a workplace accident and injury, there are usually several potential contributing factors. This means that when an injury occurs, there is a good chance that an outside party may be (at least partially) at fault.

Here are just a few examples of third parties that have been known to cause construction site accidents:

  • On-Site Contractors/Subcontractors: Large construction sites typically have numerous contractors and subcontractors working in the vicinity of each other to perform various tasks. If one of these individuals contributes to a workplace accident, a personal injury claim can be lodged against them.
  • Off-Site Parties: Workers often need to leave the jobsite to transport materials back and forth, or just to walk across the street to go on a lunch break. If another car collides into a construction worker’s vehicle or collides into the worker while they are crossing the street, the driver of the vehicle can be held liable for the accident.
  • Faulty Product Makers: Some construction site accidents happen because a dangerous or defective piece of equipment or machinery malfunctions. When this is the case, it may be possible to bring a product liability claim against the manufacturer, distributor, or any other party in the product’s supply chain.

Injured in a Construction Site Accident in Fulton County, GA? Contact Bailey, Javins, & Carter, L.C. for Immediate Legal Help

If you or someone close to you suffered injury while working on the Norfolk Southern headquarters project or any other construction site in the Atlanta area, get immediate medical attention, then contact Bailey, Javins & Carter, L.C. for strong legal guidance. We have over four decades of experience standing up for injured workers, and we will meet with you to thoroughly evaluate your case to help determine your best legal options. We never charge you for a consultation, and if you retain our services, we will only collect attorney fees if we are able to recover compensation for you.

To schedule your free consultation with a member of our legal team, message us online or call our Atlanta office today at (678) 981-5370. We are ready to go to work for you!