The construction industry has one of the highest worker injury rates of any industry in Illinois. Accidents involve the use of heavy equipment, machines, scaffolds, and ladders, which may be unsafe, or improperly used. Sometimes accidents arise due to unsafe or dangerous equipment, or the lack of proper training and supervision of others at the work site. All too often, injuries at construction sites result from falls, explosions, burns, electrocution, exposure to toxins and asphyxiation. Despite regulations imposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), regulation enforcement often falls short of insuring a safe work site.
In addition to a worker’s compensation claim, an injured worker may also have a claim against a responsible third party to negligence at the work site. Some of the individuals, or organizations who work in a construction site and who may be liable, include the site owner, architects and engineering professionals, contractors, construction managers and manufacturers of construction machinery, or equipment. Sometimes a subcontractor may do something to cause an unsafe condition to occur. It is the responsibility of the general contractor and the subcontractor to maintain a safe work site and to warn of any hazards that may exist at the site.
Attorney John J. Malm is knowledgeable in handling construction injury cases, whether due to an accident, or a work related injury.