While many construction sites are private, fully secured and out of the way, this is not always the case. Construction also happens in the heart of the community, where people are going about their daily business.
Most of the time, people will continue as normal without paying too much attention to construction work. However, there are occasions where construction accidents directly impact the lives of innocent people. One of the more common accidents that occur in the field of construction is falling objects. Falling objects can strike anybody, including innocent passers-by. So, how does this happen and what can be done about it?
Sadly, there are occasions where construction workers simply do not take enough care. For example, a toolbox, power tool or another heavy item may have been left on the ledge of a scaffolding platform. For the heavy item to fall, all it would take is a slight knock, and the object would come hurtling down and injure a person down below, potentially killing them.
Workers on-site have a responsibility to work safely and their supervisors should ensure that safe practices are being implemented at all times. This is not only for the sake of workers, but anyone who comes in close contact with the site.
Sometimes, nobody can take full blame for an accident. The weather can be unpredictable at times, and a gust of wind or heavy rainfall can loosen objects so that they fall.
You have a right to live your life without being placed at a heightened risk of injury. If you have been injured by a falling object, you might be able to claim legal compensation for the harm you have suffered.