Top Causes of Construction Accidents in Massachusetts

Construction Accidents

The attorneys at Brooks & Crowley are familiar with many of the causes of construction accidents. Scaffolding collapses, crane accidents, falls from high places, forklift accidents and electrocutions are among the most common.

Electrocution Accidents

These accidents can happen on a moment’s notice, but have a significant and devastating impact on a worker’s life and the lives of his or her family. Sometimes, what seem like straightforward clear liability cases can be complicated by insurance investigators, subtle threats to co-workers to decline cooperation, “lost” materials, and other factors.

Scaffolding Collapses

Scaffolding collapses can typically be prevented. Sometimes, however, contractors cut corners to save time and money. The sudden collapse of a scaffold can cause devastating and potentially fatal injuries, such as injuries to the head and spinal cord.

Crane Accidents

Crane accidents are also among the most preventable accidents. In many instances, someone does something careless to cause the crane accident, such as knocking a heavy object or scaffolding over. Safety inspections are sometimes skipped, or equipment is not properly maintained or secured. Given the size and weight of the equipment involved, a minor problem can instantly turn disasterous. Brain injuries, paralysis and other serious injuries can result.

Falls from High Places

Construction workers often are required to work on ladders, scaffolds, roofs, and other high places. Unfortunately, falls from high places occur too often. Construction workers who survive these falls may become paralyzed due to a spinal cord injury or sustain some other severe injury and are unable to work ever again.

Forklift Accidents

Forklifts are among the most dangerous pieces of equipment used on construction sites, and at warehouses, manufacturing plants, even retail stores. Forklift accidents can happen very quickly, and cause very serious injuries to the operators and other persons. There may be unsafe conditions at the construction site, mechanical problems, lack of maintenance, and operator error, all of which may serve to cause accidents. Many people are injured or killed each year as a result of forklift accidents.


Hundreds die every year from electrocutions during construction accidents. Unfortunately, electrocutions, shocks, arc flashes or arc blasts are a daily occurrence in the United States. Electrocution injuries and electrocution burn accidents typically require a extended and very painful recovery. Beyond damage to the skin, electrocution accidents may also cause severe neurological damage, paralysis or the death of the victim. High voltage injury cases can be complicated, and determining who is liable can be difficult.

In many of these instances, a third party such as the property owner, utility company, or other contractors may be responsible. If the negligence is traced back to someone on the job site other than your employer, you may have grounds for a third-party lawsuit. We can help you pursue compensation for pain and suffering, wrongful death, and other losses arising out of the accident, and obtain the fullest recovery possible for you and your family. Put our experience to work for you.

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