Who can be held liable for a heavy equipment accident at a construction site?


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In any construction site accident, multiple parties may be held liable, including:

  • the general contractor which maintained the site and was responsible for safety,
  • the owner who actively oversaw the construction activities,
  • a subcontractor which created a dangerous condition, and/or
  • a machine/equipment manufacturer for a defective product.

At any given time, dozens of contractors may be present on the site. This means that the general contractor and/or owner will be responsible for ensuring that the site is maintained in safe manner. When one subcontractor acts negligently (i.e., failing to train, failing to provide proper materials, etc.), a worker can become injured. For example, if a crane or other heavy equipment contractor is brought in and causes an accident, a bystander worker may become injured or even killed. That worker may be able to bring negligence claims against the crane/heavy equipment operating company, general contractor and/or owner. These claims would be in addition to workers compensation claims.

Workers who are injured in construction site accidents should have their case evaluated by a work accident lawyer immediately. Proper and prompt investigation are crucial in these kinds of accident cases.


About Pennsylvania and New Jersey Work Accident Lawyer, Jeff Laffey

Jeff Laffey is passionate about workers’ rights and accident safety. Jeff’s law firm proudly represents union and nonunion workers, such as:

  • carpenters,
  • plumbers,
  • electricians,
  • steel workers,
  • iron workers, and
  • laborers.

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