Who Is Liable for an Injury Caused by Falling Objects on a Construction Site?

Who Is Liable for an Injury Caused by Falling Objects on a Construction Site?

As we’ve discussed in recent blogs, construction workers face numerous hazards on the job. While many of these dangers are inherently part of the job, they become an even bigger issue when employers or other parties fail to take the steps necessary to keep workers safe.

One of the most common dangers on a construction site comes in the form of falling debris and objects, such as:

  • Tools
  • Equipment
  • Materials
  • Supplies
  • Debris from the demolition of buildings

Even small objects, such as nails, screws, or small rocks, that fall from heights can cause serious injury to those below.

Mistakes That Lead to Falling Objects

There is an infinite number of mistakes that can ultimately lead to falling objects. Here are a few common examples:

  • Insufficient barricades
  • Insufficient warning signage
  • Incorrect use of tools or equipment
  • Failing to inspect equipment
  • Improper stacking of materials
  • Malfunctioning equipment

Construction Zone Safety and Liability

Determining liability in a falling debris case will depend on the specific circumstances of the situation. This includes not just who or what caused the accident, but the events leading up to it. For instance, another subcontractor may have physically pushed the debris off. But this worker may have been improperly trained or there may have been a lack of signage that caused confusion. Ultimately, it will be up to your injury attorney to gather the evidence needed to show fault.

According to Washington’s Title 51, employers are granted immunity from lawsuits stemming from work-related injuries. In other words, if your employer was negligent, you may not be able to file a claim against them.

However, if you were working as an independent contractor and someone’s negligence caused the falling debris, you may be able to file a third-party lawsuit against this person or entity.

Protecting Those Injured in Construction Accidents

If you’ve been injured in a construction accident by a falling object, it’s crucial that you speak with an attorney who can review your case for free and determine who is responsible and how to maximize your chances of receiving full compensation. At Kornfeld Law, our legal team is standing by ready to help you get your life back on track.

Contact Kornfeld Law at (425) 657-5255 to speak with Rob Kornfeld and our legal team for free today. If you are unable to come to our office, we are more than willing to meet you at a specific location to discuss further.


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