Philadelphia Construction & Work-Related Injury Lawyers

Construction Attorneys in PA

On average, two construction workers die every day because of work-related injuries in the United States, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). In fact, one in five deaths in the workplace are construction-related. With construction companies sometimes skimping on safety engineers and programs, they are owed their share of the blame.

No matter what the cause or nature of the workplace injury, workers are entitled to some kind of compensation. But in many situations, employers seek to protect themselves from their responsibilities, while insurance companies systematically attempt to settle claims for the smallest amount possible or avoid settlements entirely. Without a skilled law firm like McEldrew Young Purtell on your side, you might lose out on future earning potentials and other important considerations that will affect your life and livelihood.

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Building Collapse Injury

Especially common in low-income neighborhoods and construction sites, building collapses are one of the deadliest kinds of construction or residential accidents.


OSHA Violations

Construction accidents are quite common. It is the responsibility of the Occupational Safety and Health Administrations to investigate what happened and whether safety protocols were broken.


Toxic Chemical Exposure

Construction workers are exposed to a variety of health hazards every day. These hazards can cause workers to become sick, ill and disabled for life.


Workers’ Compensation

Get the benefits that you deserve from both your employer and third parties whose negligence may have contributed to your injury in a workplace accident.


Forklifts and Powered Industrial Trucks (PIT)

Nearly 20,000 workers in the United States suffering from a debilitating injury from incidents involving a power industrial truck (PIT), such as a forklift or reach-truck.


Elevator Accidents

Elevator Accidents cause more than 10,000 injuries in the U.S every year.

The Top 10 Violations of OSHA Standards

Since the federal safety organization came into being in 1970, workplace deaths and injuries have declined dramatically — deaths are down 63 percent while overall injuries have fallen by 75 percent. When OSHA standard enforcement is lax, tragedy often follows.

OSHA missteps are rampant in construction, with violations sometimes amounting to half of the overall number of penalties OSHA assesses. With fines reaching up to $70,000 per violation, these are not insignificant rules that are being broken.

The top 10 most frequently cited standards by OSHA in fiscal year 2018 include:

  • Fall protection
  • Hazard communication
  • Scaffolding
  • Respiratory protection
  • Control of hazardous energy
  • Ladders
  • Powered industrial trucks
  • Fall protection training
  • Machinery and machine guarding
  • Eye and face protection

On-the-Job Injuries

Not every workplace injury is caused by employer negligence. The following injuries are occupational dangers which can also cause long-term harm — and are easier to ignore because of the lack of traumatic incidents involved.

  • Back injuries
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive stress injuries
  • Cuts and bruises
  • Joint and ligament damage
  • Muscle sprains
  • Neck injuries

When Are Third Parties at Fault?

In certain circumstances, liability for on-site construction injuries may be assigned to a third party. Property owners, site architects, general contractors and subcontractors, as well as equipment manufacturers can all be held liable for accidents stemming from insufficient safety enforcement.

The safety provisions that must be followed to legally ensure a construction site is reasonably safe include:

  • Checking observation of safety standards
  • Correctly communicating job safety rules
  • Knowing of and warning employees about possible site hazards
  • Showing discretion in the hiring of responsible employees

When your claim is disputed, you should seek out the counsel of an experienced workplace injury lawyer. They will help you to gather the evidence you’ll need to challenge the insurer’s position, including taking depositions, requesting an independent medical examination and securing expert witnesses.

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When to Consult with an Experienced Workplace Injury Attorney

With 30 years of experience in workplace injury law, McEldrew Young Purtell is well suited to evaluate the situation and help determine the next steps toward justice. To schedule a meeting for a free consultation, fill out our form or call us directly at (215) 545-8800.

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