Construction Accident at World Trade Center, No One Injured
Construction accidents often result in serious, catastrophic injuries. In fact, it is quite rare for a construction site accident to happen where no one gets injured.
Last week, a crane dropped tons of metal beams at the site of the former World Trade Centers. Miraculously, no one was injured. Given the height and weight of the materials and construction vehicles involved, construction accidents are usually disastrous.
When people come into our offices to discuss construction accidents, the most important issue, from a legal standpoint, is finding out who is liable for the accident.
The main reason construction accidents happen is that someone cut corners. This happens quite frequently at construction sites. There are usually delays, due to weather, employees, or subcontractors. This results in doing things to save time and that usually means sacrificing safety to get the job done.
For instance, employers might not provide proper safety harnesses or tie-ins for workers on roofs or scaffolds. In some cases, safety mechanisms will be removed or safety procedures ignored because they are time-consuming. This is the type of behavior which almost always results in catastrophic, serious injury.
Who can be Held Liable?
New Jersey law allows for suits against employers where the employer commits an intentional wrong, or acts in such a way that it knows that an act is substantially certain to result in harm, like removing a safety guard from a machine.
Even if an employer is not able to be sued for negligence, other parties can often be sued, such as: