Demolition Work Hazards and Construction Injuries
Demolition work can result in severe and fatal injuries
The early part of a construction project often begins with demolition. Existing structures or buildings need to be removed to make way for new construction. Demolition involves the dismantling, tearing down, or removing of structures, such as buildings, bridges, or other infrastructure.
Demolition is a dangerous and complex process. The contractor in charge of the project needs to develop a demolition plan that takes into account the size and condition of the building, the surrounding environment, and the potential for hazardous materials. In addition, safety regulations need to be followed to protect workers and the public.
Workers face many hazards during demolition
But there are also unknown factors that pose a risk and can lead to a construction accident that leaves people seriously hurt or killed. Common unknown factors include:
- Changes and modifications. When a building is demolished, it is important to have a clear understanding of the original design. This is because changes and modifications may have been made to the building over time, creating hidden hazards. For example, a wall that was once load-bearing may have been removed, or a floor may have been weakened by water damage.
- Hidden materials. In older buildings, structural components such as beams, columns, trusses, and arches may contain hidden hazards. These hazards can include lead, asbestos, silica, chemicals, and heavy metals. These materials can be dangerous to workers if they are not properly handled.
- Unknown strengths or weaknesses. When a building is damaged, the remaining materials have varying strengths and weaknesses. As a result, damaged materials are more likely to fail, creating a hazard for workers. For example, a beam that has been damaged by fire can collapse, injuring any nearby workers.
- Demolition hazards. The demolition itself can create a number of hazards, such as noise, dust, and vibration. These hazards can leave workers injured.
If a worker is injured in a demolition accident in Mississippi, they have the right to seek workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits pay all expenses for reasonable and necessary medical treatment for their injuries. They can also collect partial wages while they are left unable to return to work.
An experienced work injury lawyer can help
But the claims process can be complicated, and employers and insurance companies often try to pay as little as possible. They may challenge the validity of your claim or the seriousness of your injuries.
Insurance companies have lawyers on their side fighting for their interests. That’s why you need an experienced attorney to look out for yours.
The lawyers at Tabor Law Firm, P.A., fight for the rights of injured workers in Ridgeland, Jackson, and throughout Mississippi. We understand the impact an injury can have on workers and their families, and we know how to get results.
Our attorneys can help you file an initial claim for benefits and guide you through the process every step of the way. This includes representation at all hearings in front of the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission during appeals, as well as all court appearances during litigation.
If you were hurt in a demolition accident, we are ready to help. Contact us to learn about your options and get answers to your questions during a free consultation.