As we ease out of winter and into spring, construction crews will increasingly be working outdoors on projects like road repairs, bridge repairs and home construction. While the warmer weather allows these projects to commence or resume, spring rain can also create increased dangers at a work site. Construction workers who work on scaffolding can slip more easily on wet surfaces. Visibility on all parts of a construction site can be reduced, making collisions more likely. Mud can make the earth more unstable, which can lead to heavy machinery tipping over, or unsecured trenches caving in. Construction road crews can also be at particular risk of being struck by passing cars whose drivers lose control in slippery conditions or fail to see workers because of the reduced visibility.
Construction workers who work outside in adverse weather conditions can help prevent certain injuries by wearing high-visibility rain gear, and taking extra precautions when working in slippery or potentially unstable conditions. But accidents can still occur even when workers take every precaution.
If you or a loved one has been in a construction accident where weather may have been a factor, you may chalk it up to bad luck. But the truth is that someone else's negligence may have contributed to your injuries. Whether it was a negligent driver, an employer that failed to take adequate safety precautions on a job site or a manufacturer of faulty equipment, you may be entitled to compensation to help pay for costs related to your injuries. You can't sue the rain, but you can file a workers' compensation claim or pursue a case against a driver or other third-party entity that contributed to your injuries. To find out more about what's possible in your situation, contact a personal injury lawyer to discuss your case.