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Construction Accidents and Pedestrian Safety

Updated January 8, 2024 | By Wilson Kehoe Winingham staff

Construction sites pose many hazards and unsafe conditions—not only for construction workers, but for pedestrians in the area as well.

Accident Details

According to The New York Times, a 37-year-old woman was fatally injured while walking near a construction site in Greenwich Village, New York.

While walking on a busy sidewalk, the woman was struck by a large piece of plywood security fencing that surrounded the construction site.  The 4 x 8′ piece of plywood was loose and blew across the street, hitting and pinning her against a brick wall.  She suffered major head trauma and lacerations.  She later passed away.

Workers were in the process of renovating a building into a 200 unit condominium complex.  Construction was ordered to stop immediately following the accident. The contractor received violations for failure to safeguard the property and for failing to provide plans for its construction fence.  Prior to this accident, the property owner, construction company and contractors had numerous safety violations and citations, including a citation for falling debris that hit a pedestrian in the head.

Danger to Pedestrians

Construction accidents involving pedestrians are not uncommon. A pedestrian can sustain injuries from falling objects, debris on sidewalks, collapses, explosions, fires, and hazardous substances. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration strictly requires contractors, employers, and construction workers to abide by certain safety and health regulations and be fully trained in the recognition, avoidance and prevention of unsafe conditions at the work site. If these regulations and standards are followed and practiced correctly, it will keep the construction site, workers, and pedestrians safer from dangerous conditions.

Contact a Construction Site Accident Attorney Today

If you were injured in a construction or work zone as a pedestrian, you are urged to contact the Indianapolis Construction Site Accident Attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

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