Who is Liable for Construction Site Accidents?

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Construction sites are dangerous, and accidents can happen suddenly and without warning. Accidents at construction sites can leave people seriously injured and struggling to cope with the consequences of the injuries. Determining liability can become complicated because of the large number of persons involved in a construction site project. The following are the potential parties who may be held liable for construction accidents.

Property owners: Property owners must keep and maintain their properties in reasonably safe condition. If someone is injured on their property, they may be liable if they knew or should have known of the dangerous condition. However, if the property owner turned over the control of the premises to independent contractors, they may not be liable for accidents.

General contractors and sub-contractors: General contractors and sub-contractors have a legal duty to warn workers of any defects or hazards at the site as well as any hazards inherent in the work being performed. Typically, their duty is to ensure that work is being performed safely. They are also responsible for hiring reasonably competent employees and ensuring compliance with safety regulations. Failure to perform their duties may hold them liable for accidents.

Architects and engineers: Architects and engineers have a duty to observe progress and ensure compliance with plans and relevant code regulations. They can be held liable for injuries suffered by construction workers as a result of their failure to meet those standards.

Manufacturers of defective construction machinery or equipment: Manufacturers can be held liable for the defective designs and manufacturing of construction machinery and equipment. Manufacturers of construction machinery or equipment have a duty to design products that are reasonably safe for use.

Injured in a construction accident? Get help

If you’ve been hurt in a construction accident and want to speak to a construction site accident attorney about your options, call us. We can help you seek justice and obtain maximum compensation for your injuries. Call (914) 357-8911 and (718) 619 4215 or email whc@cooper-law.com.

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