Unfortunately, working in the construction industry comes with its share of risks. Even if you are extremely careful, it is likely that you will experience an accident at one time or another. Immediately following a construction accident, the scene can be extremely chaotic. In order to stay calm, it is best to follow the 5 steps, which will help you protect the project and make it easier for an investigation to take place.
1. Call 911
The first step that should be taken is to call for medical attention immediately. Those who are injured should avoid moving unless they are in a dangerous location. Bystanders should be moved to a safe location away from the accident.
Next, you will need to report the accident to the proper organizations. For example, OSHA will need to be notified that an accident has occurred. Insurance companies will also need to be informed of the accident. There may also be additional entities that require notification, like manufacturers or suppliers.
3. Look at the Employees
Now, you will need to interview the employees who were present during the accident. There is a possibility that these employees will become a part of the claim process even if they were not injured. Looking at the possible claims that may be filed or that your employees may defend is an important process.
You should also look to preserve evidence as quickly as possible. This will help to ensure that the investigation runs smoothly and that no questions come up later in regard to this evidence. Some of the items that you may need to gather are emails, security videos, witness lists, and photographs.
5. Develop a Chain of Command
Finally, you should determine who will be the spokesperson for the investigation. This person will be the one who will deal directly with the investigators, lawyers and insurance companies. Laying this out can help avoid confusion later down the road.
Avoiding the confusion and chaos that comes with a construction accident is preventable when you keep a level head and follow these steps. To learn more about the legal implications involved with a construction accident, be sure to contact us today.