Liability for construction site accidents can be complicated to determine. Employers have a responsibility to protect their workers to prevent injury or harm on the construction site. However, Illinois laws do not make it easy for employees to sue their employers when injured on the job site. Instead, the state offers other protections through programs such as workers’ compensation.
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a construction accident, Disparti Law Group Accident & Injury Lawyers can help you collect the compensation you are rightfully owed. Trying to understand the laws surrounding these accidents can cost a lot of time and energy that can be spent on your recovery. Additionally, on rare occasions, it may be important to take legal action to hold your employer accountable for their negligence.
In This Article:
- Employers Must Protect Workers From Construction Accident Injuries
- Common Construction Site Violations
- What to Do After a Construction Site Accident?
- Compensation and Damages Available for Construction Accident Injuries
Employers Must Protect Workers From Construction Accident Injuries
Sometimes, accidents just happen. But employers are expected to take every precaution to protect their workers and prevent construction accident injuries. Employers cannot send their employees to a construction site until they have done the following:
- Evaluate a site for potential dangers.
- Create an effective job safety and health program.
- Obtain safety equipment and harnesses to prevent falls and other accidents.
- Train employees on the proper use of safety equipment.
- Keep accurate and up-to-date records.
- Maintain proper posting throughout the construction site.
Determining liability for construction site accidents can be a bit complicated when employees are involved. In Illinois, construction employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance to cover injuries that occur on-site. This type of claim is a no-fault claim, meaning that workers are generally covered (with a few exceptions) regardless of whether the employer or employee is at fault for the accident.
In most cases, it is very rare that an employee can sue their employer for injuries from a construction accident, especially if they are offered workers’ comp. However, there are rare cases in which an employer displays gross negligence that may warrant a lawsuit. It’s best to consult a legal expert who can familiarize themselves with your case and help you determine the best course of action to ensure you receive fair compensation for your injuries.
Common Construction Site Violations
In 2021, the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compiled the top 10 most common citations issued by their department. They include violations in the following areas, in no particular order:
- Fall Protection
- Eye and Face Protection
- Machinery and Machine Guarding
- Control of Hazardous Energy
- Respiratory Protection
- Hazard Communication
- Fall Protection Training
- Powered Industrial Trucks
If you were injured on a construction site and you believe your employer violated OSHA safety requirements, you may consider reporting these violations. Again, it’s best to speak with an attorney who can help you understand your rights and determine the best course of action to hold your employer accountable for their negligence.
Other Parties Liable for Construction Accident Injuries
While employers have significant responsibilities in preventing construction accident injuries, other parties can also be liable for construction site accidents. This can include equipment manufacturers, vehicle manufacturers, and other entities involved with the construction site. Liability for construction site accidents can depend on whether the injured victim is a construction employee or a passerby.
Pedestrians injured on a construction site may consider filing a lawsuit against any parties that are at fault for a construction accident. In this case, the employer may be liable for their injuries.