Tripping and falling on a construction site can cause serious injuries and is a hazard that should be prevented. Construction workers are at risk for serious knee injuries, shoulder injuries, back injuries and worse because of tools, materials, and trash left on construction sites.
The general contractor has the duty to keep the construction site safe (and both OSHA and the District of Columbia Industrial Safety Act require this). Many times its a differenct subcontractor who causes the injury by leaving behind materials where they were working, not covering up holes or taping off areas to warn other workers who come through the area.
Many times a construction worker is carrying tools, equipment and materials and it is difficult if not impossible, to watch every step of where you are going - and that's exactly why general contractors and subcontractors working in the area have to keep it safe. There are a lot of moving parts on a construction site, and to some extent, it is a dangerous occupation. Because of the physical work involved, the machinery, the number of other workers in the area, the urgency of the work, construction workers are more at risk for on the job injuries than most other workers.
And there are protections for workers who get hurt on a construction site. First of all, any worker injured on the job can get workers compensation benefits - but watch out, there are a lot of traps out there that insurance companies, contractors and large employers have set so that they can deny, delay or limit your monetary benefits and medical treatment after you get hurt at work.
But if some other person or company causes your injury, they should be responsible for the harm they caused - and that's different than workers compensation.
There are a number of complicating factors in this analysis. You can get more information on the specifics of what you should do and how to get started to make sure you get the medical treatment you need, and the benefits to feed your family, by calling us at (202) 393 - 3320.
But don't wait.
Remember, insurance companies have adjusters, lawyers, nurses, doctors, case managers - all working against you from the moment you get hurt.