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On Behalf of | Aug 10, 2012 | Construction Accidents

When a hammer plummets even three stories to the ground, it can cause serious injury. No hard hat can protect against that kind of impact.

Falling debris on construction sites can cause serious injury or even death to construction site workers, passersby and others in the immediate vicinity.

Construction sites by their nature are dangerous places. Broken bones and head, shoulder, neck and back injuries are quite common.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that fall hazards are the leading cause of accidents, injuries and deaths on construction sites. One in ten construction workers are injured every year. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that approximately 150,000 construction site accident injuries occur each year.

The cause of these types of injuries is not necessarily worker carelessness. These accidents are often caused by the failure of an employer to adhere to safety standards.

Common causes that contribute to debris falling include:

  • Lack of adherence to OSHA safety standards
  • Missing construction safety netting
  • Unsecured tools or materials like bricks that are stored high up
  • Defective or missing railings that would otherwise have prevented debris from falling
  • Failure to anticipate strong winds at high heights
  • Construction contractors who do not properly maintain their equipment
  • Lack of removal of debris from a site

Workers who are injured in accidents caused by falling debris often are sidelined for months after an injury, or can be permanently disabled. If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury on a construction site, speaking to a lawyer about your rights is a good idea. If your injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible to file a personal injury claim to obtain compensation.


Were you injured in a construction site accident involving falling debris, faulty floor boards, lack of safety features or removal of them entirely? Discuss what happened with an attorney at Mallon and Tranger. We are experienced in representing individuals who have been harmed due to the negligence or carelessness of another. Call us 732-702-0333, or contact our Freehold, New Jersey, office online to arrange a free initial consultation.