Construction workers and anyone in the vicinity of a construction site should be aware of the various hazards at these locations. However, despite awareness, safety equipment, and avoidance, these locations are inherently dangerous, and Massachusetts construction accidents continue to result in serious injuries to many people every year. Many construction site accidents involve falling equipment or debris. The most common falling objects include tools, machinery, equipment, materials, supplies, and demolition debris. The height of the fall often makes even small objects a serious danger.
While some accidents are unavoidable, the majority of these situations are preventable and involve negligence. These accidents may occur because of insufficient barricades, insufficient warning signs, improper tool or equipment use, defective equipment, improper stacking, and inspection failures.
For instance, a local news report described a recent accident at a Boston University construction site. According to investigators and University Officials, erector crew errors were to blame for the accident that sent steel beams tumbling. One of the 44-foot beams was improperly constructed, which caused it to fall and slam into other beams. The initial fall resulted in a harrowing domino effect on the construction site.