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Floor Collapse Accidents

There are a number of considerations regarding what propels contractors throughout the construction process to cut corners.

Cutting costs or making an attempt to fulfill deadlines promised when falling behind schedule are the most usual reasons why the contractors decide to skip necessary steps in the construction process, use faulty materials, or ignore safety protocols mandated.

Usually, cutting corners has the result that is inevitable to placing workers in danger, and constructing floors before making certain they are supported safely, or stressing too much on floors recently constructed usually result in floor collapse accidents, which can pose danger to the lives of every worker.

Among the chief architectural components is considering on the structure the force and gravity of a load.

When a floor is not supported properly by components bearing a load, or prematurely constructed, there is likely to be a floor collapse, which can harm other structure parts, to injure workers near or on a collapsed area.

Typical causes of injuries sustained from collapsing floors are the following:

Constructed floors which are heavier than the supports can bear; a number of floor collapse occurrences take place shortly subsequent to or while to form the floor concrete is poured.

If the concrete weight excess weight temporary supports and shoring can sustain, there’s a likelihood for the floor to collapse.

This may happen while the concrete is poured or while it is drying at some point.

When cutting corners, contractors may neglect to make certain that temporary supports used will be able to bear concrete weight.

A number of injuries sustained throughout the collapse of a floor may be preventable via using equipment for personal protection.

Workers, for example, often sustain injuries because they are not equipped with required harnesses; when the floor collapses, they fall to the ground.

Many lives of workers could have been saved if they had provided or used adequate safety equipment.

The Liability of a Floor Collapse

If severely injured in one of the floor collapse accidents, it is crucial to deem who is at-fault for the floor collapse, as well as others who may be held liable.

It is of the utmost importance to understand your employer has the responsibility to provide benefits of worker’s compensation.

If it is determined, in addition, that the accident was due to negligence, you may have the ability against your employer, landowner, building owner, or another third party to file a legal claim. Prior to the floor construction, someone constructed or designed the temporary supports.

Multiple parties, in a number of cases, may share responsibility, and make attempts to blame others to avoid liability. 

If you sustained injuries in one of the floor collapse accidents, it is crucial to maintain comprehensive records of occurrences the day of the floor collapse, as well as treatment received. This information will enable attorneys to gain insight into what resulted in the floor collapse, and while building your case, establish who is at-fault.

Contact us for a free consultation or call Anzalone Law Firm PLLC, at: 603.548.3797.

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