A construction accident attorney faces two big hurdles in trying to win a construction accident case. They must prove that one or more parties were negligent in a way that directly caused the accident, and they must try to determine who all the responsible parties are so that they can maximize a potential payout for their client.
Despite many laws that have been put in place by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, construction sites remain one of the most dangerous places for employees in the United States. There can be dozens, if not hundreds, of workers, all operating under tight deadlines to bring a project to completion as quickly as possible and within budgets.
All of these factors can create an environment where any number of people or entities could be responsible if an accident takes place. It is up to an attorney to go beyond the obvious in this kind of case and make sure that less obvious avenues of negligence are explored as well.
Depending on the nature of the project and contracts that have been executed, the owner of a property may be the primary source that can be held liable in an accident. In many cases, a property owner will cede control of a job site over to a general contractor, but that may not always abdicate them from responsibility.
As the entity that has the overall responsibility for getting the job done, general contractors are also primarily responsible for job safety as well. Despite safe practices, warnings and precautions, there are times when a general contractor can still be held liable.
A general contractor may delegate responsibility for certain specified parts of a job to a sub-contractor, and the sub will then bear a part of the responsibility as well. A steel company, a concrete company, plumbing or electrical contractor must also take steps to ensure the safety of their workers.
Architects and Engineers
At times, a project can be traced back and proven to be unsafe when it is in the design stages. As such, architects and engineers can also be held accountable at times.
When a piece of heavy equipment is used on a job, it may become a source of accountability if it can be proven the equipment was either not maintained properly or that an operator was not qualified to use it.
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