Construction sites present a large number of dangers and risks. However, employers and employees both can take precautions in order to ensure the workplace is as safe as possible. When construction workers forget or ignore these safety measures, it can pose a serious threat to anyone working on the construction site. In 2015, 937 worker deaths occurred on construction sites, and 1 in 10 construction workers suffers from an injury in any given year. One primary cause of these deaths and injuries is falls on the worksite. Falls can result from unsafe working conditions, neglect, or carelessness.
Slip and fall accidents are a serious problem that can cause injuries as minor as scrapes and strains, to much more serious injuries, such as broken bones, brain injuries, or even death. It is the job of your employer or job site owner to prevent the unsafe conditions that cause slip and falls. If they have neglected to do this job, they should be held responsible for the injury that they caused. The slip and fall accident attorneys at Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC are prepared to help you fight to receive the compensation you need after your accident.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
Slipping and falling can happen anywhere and to anyone. We live in a world that is full of hazards, and we are often preoccupied with our friends, cell phones, and other distractions while we are walking. This lack of attention can lead to a high number of falls merely from our own clumsiness. However, another person may be at fault for your slip and fall if the problem that caused you to fall should have been prevented or repaired by the owner. Prevention is especially important on construction sites, where risk and danger increase by the nature of the work. A number of different kinds of obstructions or problems may cause slip and falls. Such hazards include:
- Uneven walking surfaces
- Obstructions, such as debris, tools, or cables
- Adverse environmental conditions
- Improper signage
- Lack of lighting
- Ramps not constructed to code
- Improperly cleaned spills
It is essential that your employer is aware of any possible dangers or obstructions in walking paths and corrects them as soon as possible. If your employer is negligent, your injury from a slip and fall may be their responsibility.
Contact a Chicago Slip and Fall Accidents Attorney
Slip and fall accidents are not only dangerous, but they can also be extremely frustrating. You may face extensive financial burden, injuries, and time where you are unable to work. These consequences can be devastating to you and your loved ones. If your accident was caused by another person’s neglect, you should not have to pay for the results. A Chicago slip and fall accident attorney from Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC is ready to help you make your case against the negligent employer who allowed your accident to occur. To discuss the specifics of your accident, contact us at 312-346-8620 today.