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When You Sustain Injuries in a Pennsylvania Elevator Shaft Accident (Part A)

Elevator shaft accidents are not uncommon when working on a construction site. The serious hazards involved in this type of construction accident put workers at an increased risk of severe or even fatal injury. 

If you have been the victim of an elevator shaft accident, you should seek the help of an experienced Philadelphia construction accident lawyer who can determine the legal options you may have available and assist you in filing a Pennsylvania construction accident claim. Additionally, a lawyer will can help build your case and work to protect your rights throughout the entire course of your Pennsylvania construction accident claim.

Important Statistics on Elevator Shaft Accidents

According to a report done by The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, every year in the U.S. approximately 20 people are killed as a result of an elevator or escalator death. Most of these deaths involve construction contractors handling elevator installation or repairs. 

Because of the potential risks involved in this type of construction accident, an individual can be seriously injured resulting in permanent disability. Lost income, medical bills, pain and suffering and other types of damages may be recoverable through a Pennsylvania construction accident claim.

Common Causes of an Elevator Shaft Accident

Anyone who works in or around an elevator shaft is at risk of being seriously injured or killed. This includes those who install, repair and maintain them. Most of the deaths in an elevator shaft accident are the result of falling. 

Other common causes of an elevator shaft accident include:

  • getting struck by an elevator or counterweight;
  • getting caught in or between an elevator's moving parts; and
  • being involved in an elevator collapse.  

When this type of construction accident is the result of faulty equipment or design of an elevator shaft, then you may be able to pursue a third party liability claim.

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