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The risk of injury faced by construction workers

Construction workers in Georgia are likely to recognize that there is no way to completely eliminate the risk of on-the-job injuries. They face all sorts of hazards at work, including the risk of being struck by moving or falling machinery or the risk of a scaffolding accident. Workers who are exposed to asbestos and chemicals may also encounter health hazards at their place of work.

Although hazards may be inevitable for construction workers, employers must follow certain safety regulations. Different states require different standards of care for their employers, and the requirements may differ depending on whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor. An attorney in Georgia may help a construction worker understand the state laws that are in place for construction employers. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 also delineates some workplace regulations.

If a construction worker is injured on the job, it may be a good idea to speak with a workers' compensation attorney to determine which person would be responsible for compensating that worker for damages. For instance, a construction site owner may not necessarily be the person who is responsible for an injury that occurs on the premises, but general contractors and sub-contractors do have a legal duty to warn workers of any defects or hazards on site.

A workers' compensation attorney may also help workers take steps to preserve their legal rights, such as ensuring that an injury is promptly and properly reported to an employer or a construction site manager and documenting said notification. An attorney may also assist a construction worker who is injured as a result of the negligent act of a non-employer third party by collecting information about potential witnesses to a workplace accident or working to preserve evidence from or photograph the scene of the injury.

Source: findlaw.com, "Construction Injury Overview", September 04, 2014

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