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Construction injuries and workers' compensation

Construction sites come in many different sizes in North Carolina and throughout the country. Some feature single homes while others will house multi-family dwellings, public buildings or commercial facilities. No matter the size of the structure being built, all construction sites have their inherent dangers. Construction workers are vulnerable to suffering harm from falls, fires, electrocutions, malfunctioning equipment and tools, injuries from repetitive strain and exposure to hazardous materials.

Just as there are a wide variety of dangers on job sites, there are numerous parties that can be involved with construction projects. Among them are primary contractors, site owners, subcontractors, manufacturers of construction equipment, design professionals, insurers, and construction management companies. The scope and nature of a construction project are important considerations in determining the potential liability of the aforementioned entities when accidents occur.

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 provides construction safety guidelines that most states observe in some form. In many instances, the party that oversees all of the work being performed at a job site is responsible for complying with OSHA regulations.

An injury to a worker on a construction site is inevitable due to the nature of the work. Those hurt while performing their job duties can file workers' compensation claims in pursuit of benefits that could help pay for accident-related expenses. In North Carolina, injured workers are responsible for submitting a completed Employees Notice of Injury, commonly referred to as a Form 18, to the state's Industrial Commission. An attorney who practices employment law could assist someone who was injured at work with obtaining and completing that paperwork as well as filing an appeal if the claim is denied.

Source: Findlaw, "Construction Injury Overview", September 03, 2014

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