More workplace injuries and fatalities occur in the construction industry than any other private sector industry. Construction workers have a one in ten chance of being injured on the job in any given year, according to the US Department of Labor. Construction accident litigation is not its own body of law, but describes litigation arising out of the construction industry or out of a job site. Construction accidents are a type of workplace injury but involve a setting where injuries are common. Construction litigation also may enable the plaintiff to establish a higher standard of care or duty to exercise reasonable care than in some other industries where accident are less common and less preventable.
For example, construction projects are often regulated by OSHA and subject to other state and federal regulations in issues of safety. Further, construction projects often have “safety men,” safety meetings, and safety counsels. The presence or absence of these can affect the strength of your construction accident case.