There are numerous considerations taken into account when examining what drives contractors to cut corners throughout the process of construction. Cutting costs or attempting to meet promised deadlines when having fallen behind schedule are the most common reasons why contractors resort to the use of poor materials, skip key steps in the process of construction or ignoring mandated safety protocols.
Cutting corners often has the inevitable result of putting workers in danger and constructing floors prior to ensuring that they are safely supported or placing too much stress on floors that were only recently constructed often result in floor collapses that endanger the lives of every worker in the vicinity of the accident.
Causes of Floor Collapse Injuries
One of the key components of architecture is the consideration of gravity and the force of a load on the structure. When a floor is not properly supported by load bearing components or constructed prematurely, the floor may collapse, damaging other parts of the structure and injuring workers who are working on or near the area that has collapsed. Common causes of floor collapse injuries include the following.
- Floors constructed that are heavier than supports will bear— many floor collapses occur while or shortly after concrete is poured to form the floor. If the weight of the concrete exceeds the weight that shoring and temporary supports can endure, the floor may collapse. This may occur while the concrete is being poured or at some point while it is still drying.
- Lack of proper or adequate supports during floor construction— when cutting corners, contractors may fail to ensure that the temporary supports being used will bear the weight of the concrete.
- Failure of employer to provide safety equipment— many of the injuries suffered during a floor collapse can be prevented through the use of personal protection equipment. For example, workers are often seriously injured because they aren’t equipped with harnesses and fall to the ground when the floor collapses. Many workers’ lives would have been saved if they had used or provided proper safety equipment.
Who is Liable When a Floor Collapses?
If you have been seriously injured in a floor collapse, it is important to determine who is at fault for the accident as well as all of the parties that may bear responsibility. First and foremost, your employer is responsible for providing worker’s compensation benefits.
In addition, if it is determined that your accident was the result of negligence, you may be able to file a claim against your employer, the building or landowner or a third party such as whoever designed or constructed the temporary supports prior to construction of the floor. In many cases, multiple parties may share responsibility— and attempt to place the blame on others in order to avoid liability.
If you have been injured, it is important that you maintain detailed records of everything that occurred the day of your accident as well as of the treatment you’ve received as this information will allow a legal team to gain insight into the cause of the accident and establish fault while building your case.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC are a leading law firm with access to a reputable construction accident team that includes medical experts, accident reconstruction specialists and economists. Our resources provide us all of the information needed to place an appropriate value on your case and to most effectively present your case in front of a jury.
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