A construction worksite is a dangerous environment for workers handling heavy machinery, power tools and hazardous materials. Unfortunately, innocent bystanders, pedestrians and passersby can suffer devastating injuries without even entering the construction site.
While every situation is unique, there are certain common factors across bystander injuries near construction sites, including:
- Struck by falling debris: It is not uncommon for powerful wind gusts to strike the upper floors of a building under renovation or construction. The wind can swirl and dislodge material, tools or other debris that fall in an arc away from the site. This material can strike passersby and cause extreme damage.
- Equipment collapse: From huge cranes to immense scaffolding, these towering structures can fall away from a construction site and strike innocent bystanders dozens of feet outside the work zone.
- Shock damage and electrocution: Based on the scope of the construction project, the site often involves exposed wires. While the danger must always be labeled, the wires can become dislodged increasing the sphere of potential electrical hazards.
Pedestrians and innocent bystanders are at risk for serious injury when near a construction site. Even individuals driving past in a car could suffer damage from falling debris or a crane collapse. Unfortunately, this danger often comes with no warning and can lead to catastrophic injuries such as brain damage, spinal cord trauma, brokens bones and lacerations. In severe situations, the accident could lead to fatality.
Even after following all the proximity warnings surrounding a construction site, bystanders and passersby can suffer devastating injuries. If this happens, do not hesitate to explore your legal options for monetary compensation while holding those responsible accountable for their actions.