Summer and Chicago Construction Site Accidents
Did you know that summertime is the “high season” for construction work across the country? The warmer weather allows construction crews to begin work on many new projects throughout the city and the surrounding areas. Since more construction work takes place at this time of year, statistically more construction accidents are likely to occur.
How can you prevent fatal construction site accidents this summer? If you’re enjoying the warm weather and walking through Chicago, if possible, it is important to avoid construction sites. While pedestrians shouldn’t expect to be the victims of a deadly construction accident, these accidents and injuries happen more often than most of us would like to think.
It’s important to know that pedestrians can suffer serious and life-threatening injuries simply by passing a construction area on foot. Indeed, hundreds of construction accidents each year involve pedestrian injuries. What do you need to know? And what should you look for?
Pedestrian Hazards at Construction Sites
Anyone who’s walking through Chicago should have an idea of the types of construction accidents that tend to involve pedestrians. The following types of injuries often involve pedestrians:
- Tools and materials accidents: when tools and other building materials are not properly secured, they can pose serious danger to pedestrians who pass by construction sites. What kinds of tools and materials cause these accidents? Pedestrians should be particularly wary of falling bricks, falling debris, falling tools, and wet concrete. For instance, a loose hammer can fall from scaffolding and strike a passerby, or wet concrete can strike pedestrians who are near the pouring site.
- Falling glass accidents: while many construction accidents involving passersby involve falling tools or other building materials, falling glass can also create a very dangerous city space. In particular, on windy days when windows at new construction sites haven’t yet been secured, shattered pieces of glass can fall on persons who are simply walking near the construction area.
- Accidents involving fences and gates: given that Chicago is known as the “windy city,” it’s important for pedestrians to understand that a gust of wind can quickly lead to a fence or gate at a construction site blowing into pedestrians along the street or sidewalk. Construction fences are intended to prevent injuries. However, they’re typically very large, which means that, if a windy day upends them from the site, they can fall or blow into pedestrians nearby.
In many cases, these types of accidents result from construction crews failing to operate in compliance with certain codes and regulations. To be sure, the law requires construction companies to take steps to protect the public. When these companies are negligent, injured pedestrians can file claims for financial compensation.
Contact a Chicago Construction Accident Lawyer
Summer weather can be ideal for walking to work or for taking a stroll through Chicago, but this time of year also means that more construction will take place in the city. Pedestrians can suffer serious injuries in construction site accidents. If you or someone you love recently sustained a severe personal injury in a construction accident, you should contact an experienced Chicago personal injury lawyer today to learn more about how we can help you with your case. Contact Woodruff Johnson & Evans for more information.