Who’s Responsible for my Safety at a Demo Site?

Construction Accident Lawyer

Demolition zones are bustling and hazardous places. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) states contractors who enter into contracts are obligated to create a safe work environment. With most home demolition services Los Angeles, CA relies on all goes well, but when it doesn’t and you get injured, you may need to discuss your case with a lawyer.

The safety obligation goes beyond just general contractors. It extends to the property owner, your employer, and in some cases a subcontractor. All of these individuals or teams could be liable if you are injured on a demo site.

What are Workplace Safety Standards?

Federal and state regulations are in place to keep demolition site employees safe from harm. These guidelines set out to reduce the risk of accidents and illnesses on job sites. They also lay out inspection standards to ensure compliance with rules. Finally, these regulations mark investigation protocol in the event of an accident.

If a worker is injured at a job site, the property owner, general contractor, and/or subcontractors could be held liable. They may face monetary fines, pay damages to the victims, and in some cases face imprisonment and other criminal penalties.

What are common worksite injuries?

  • Head, neck and spine trauma
  • Fractures and internal bleeding or infection
  • Electric shock
  • Repetitive motion injuries or chronic damage

These may be caused by falls from a ladder or scaffolding, trench collapse, or being struck by a falling object.

These injuries can be life-altering and even fatal. You may be left unable to work. Your recovery or chronic conditions could change your daily routine. The effects of your care could impact the lives of your loved ones and your relationships with them.

Who will Pay for my Injuries?

Most injuries will be covered through your employer’s workers’ compensation program. Workers’ comp will help you find a doctor and get the care you need. If you’ve been injured on a job site you are likely eligible for workers’ comp benefits regardless of whether your injury was caused by your own negligence or your employer’s.

Worker’s compensation benefits may have limits, however, and they may not take into full account all factors of your situation. What effect has this injury had on your life and your family? Was the property owner or contractor negligent when your injury occurred?

These are the details a skilled attorney can explore and will consider all causes that led to your injury. Your attorney will protect you from initial settlement offers that may be too low and don’t account for future medical needs.



Thank you to our friends and contributors at Nielsen Environmental for their insight into demolition services.