The construction industry can be a very rewarding line of work. Hard work and sweat result in building and constructing impressive feats. However, Georgia residents who work in the construction industry know that while it can be rewarding work, it can also be dangerous. Construction accidents can range in severity, from mere brushes with disaster to fatalities.
Recently, in Dekalb county, Chamblee police department and the Dekalb public schools are investigating a workplace accident that claimed the life of one construction worker. The accident took place on the campus of Chamblee Charter High School, a new school in the district. Turner Construction, the company is charge of construction indicated that the fatality is under investigation and they are cooperating with Occupational Safety and Health Administration, as well as the local police department.
Typically, a worker injured in a construction accident is generally eligible for workers compensation. However, depending on the nature and circumstances of an injury, an injured construction worker may be able to hold a third party liable for the injuries sustained. Examples of other individuals or companies who can be held liable include property owners, equipment manufacturers, or third party contractors. Depending on the injury and accident, an employer may be affected by workers' compensation laws.
If you have been injured in a workplace accident at your construction site, you may be able to bring legal action. An attorney can help evaluate your case and identify potentially liable parties. An accident at work can affect your livelihood and potential ability to make a living, and you should be adequately compensated for your injuries.
Source: 11 Alive, "Authorities investigate fatal accident at Chamblee Charter," May 10, 2013