Construction workers often face dangerous working conditions. This is why the Oregon legislatures (and the legislators of virtually every state) have created special safety standards for construction sites. Those who control such sites have a heightened duty to use “every care and device”—regardless of the expense—to make the work site safe. Project owners and general contractors must keep construction sites safe and must provide adequate safety devices, including such things as “fall protection” and guards from dangerous and defective equipment.
Because there are many different contractors and subcontractors on most construction sites, it is important to contact an attorney who can sort out who is responsible. Construction sites change quickly, and the scene and mechanism of the injury need to preserved, at least in photographs. Sometimes the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) will investigate your claim. If not, you need to see that all important matters pertaining to the worksite are promptly investigated. We can help with that. Many workers on construction sites are not traditional “employees,” but “independent contractors.” This means worker’s compensation laws may not apply, and the injury victim will need the protection provided elsewhere in the law. We can help you understand and protect your rights.