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Experienced Construction Accident Lawyers in Denver, CO
Construction sites are dangerous work environments, and the dangers of working in construction become even greater when property owners and contractors ignore basic safety guidelines and requirements. Federal, state and local building codes all require open holes, pits and trenches to be guarded and marked appropriately, and workers are can face extreme risks when forced to work around unprotected hazards. Falls from height can result in broken bones, traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, internal organ damage and death.
At Levine Law, we represent injured construction workers and families who have lost loved ones in construction site accidents. With decades of experience in construction accident litigation, we know property owners’ and construction companies’ legal obligations, and we know how to hold them accountable when they make mistakes that lead to workers’ traumatic injuries. We are passionate about helping construction workers and their families stand up for their rights. If you are entitled to compensation for a construction site accident, we will fight to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Fall Risks on Construction Sites
Among the numerous risks construction workers face on a daily basis, fall risks are easily among the most common. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), falls are the leading cause of death on construction sites, accounting for well over one third of all construction-related fatalities.
While scaffolding and ladders present fall risks, construction workers can also be at risk of falling while on the ground or on the floor of a building’s upper level. To mitigate the risk of workers falling from height and falling into open pits and trenches, companies are supposed to protect dangerous areas with covers, guard rails, blockades and warning signs. Companies are also supposed to ensure that their employees have appropriate safety gear, including ropes and harnesses when necessary.
Unfortunately, safety violations on construction sites are all too common, and these violations are often to blame for workers’ injuries. Inadequate safety precautions frequently lead to falls into and off of:
- Unfinished stairwells
- Open elevator shafts
- Unprotected holes for wiring, plumbing and HVAC
- Foundation pits
- Utility trenches
In addition to fall-related injuries, construction workers who fall into unprotected holes, pits and trenches can face other immediate dangers as well. For example, construction materials may fall from overhead; or, if an excavation is in process, a construction worker who falls into an unprotected pit or trench could face the very real possibility of being buried alive. No one should have to face these kinds of dangers at work, and anyone who does deserves to be fully compensated for the physical, financial and emotional costs of his or her ordeal.
Contact Us Now for a Free Consultation
If you were injured or a loved one was killed in a fall on a construction site, we urge you to contact us so that we can help you enforce your legal rights. For a free, no-obligation consultation with an experienced attorney in Denver, CO, call us at (303) 333-8000 or request an appointment online today.