People may not believe it when you say that building houses in New Jersey is your dream job, but it’s true. You’re outside all day and you’ve got friends around you—it might be hard work, but there’s a lot to show for it when it’s done. Unfortunately, you’ve now got one more thing to show for it: a hospital bill.
New Jersey Residential Construction Carries Many Injury Risks
Accidents on residential construction sites may be commonplace, but are they really more likely to happen than on other jobsites? The answer depends on safety. A residential project depends on a lot of people—construction companies, contractors, inspectors, even your coworkers—all of whom need to strictly adhere to safety guidelines to keep you safe. Just one overlooked problem during construction can easily lead to:
- Deck collapse. Apartment buildings are just one example of a structure that may be built using decking and concrete floors. After the concrete is poured to fit the parameters of the floor, the large slab of concrete is raised on a crane and suspended in the air until it can be laid into place. At any point in the process, the frame or floors may give way—causing workers above to fall from the deck and workers below to be struck by the falling debris.
- Ladder falls. A collapse isn’t the only way a worker can suffer a fall. Scaffoldings, ladders, and elevated platforms are one of the most common causes of construction accidents that result in permanent injury or death.
- Fallen beams. Whether made of steel, wood, or concrete, a falling beam can cause head injury, paralysis, or even amputation if a worker is trapped for too long beneath the beam.
- Power tools. Nail guns, band saws, belt sanders, and any other standard equipment can result in the loss of a finger, hand, or worse.
The only way to find out if a safety violation led to your injury is to have the accident scene investigated by someone who is protecting your interests instead of the company’s. Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr. has over twenty years of experience fighting for the rights of all injured workers. Give us a call at (973) 285-1100 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation and find out how we can help, or download our FREE book, What the Injured Worker Needs to Know.