Liability Issues in Elevator Accidents

Lever & Ecker, PLLC July 6, 2012 Construction Accidents

Elevator accidents are a common concern on construction sites, particularly when the project involves the construction of a high-rise building. Empty elevator shafts pose a risk to those working on the site, since falls are one of the most frequent types of injuries seen. The Bureau of Labor Statistics cites other injuries that may occur to those assigned to install and repair elevators, including burns, electrical shocks and muscle injuries.

OSHA Standards for Work Sites

Although the construction site is no stranger to work hazards, employers are responsible for taking the proper precautions to protect employees on the job. In the case of elevator workers, the Occupational Health and Safety Association (OSHA) requires workers to use fall protection when appropriate, including safety harnesses, railings and safety nets.

In addition, the agency requires employers to provide proper personal protective equipment, proper illumination, and covers or barricades when the shaft is not in use. If employers do not provide the proper equipment, or comply with the OSHA standards consistently in offering a safe work environment to employees, the company can be held legally liable if an accident occurs.

Injuries from Elevator Accidents

Injuries incurred from elevator accidents can be catastrophic and even deadly. For the worker injured in an elevator accident, the economic impact of the event can be extensive as well. Lost wages, medical bills and other expenses can add stress to already devastating circumstances. Fortunately, workers involved in elevator accidents may find legal help available, through an attorney who is experienced is dealing with construction-related injuries. Injured workers can contact a NY Construction Accident attorney to find out if legal action would be the next logical step.

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