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Who Is Responsible When A Debris Chute hurts a Construction Worker?

Chutes are valuable time-saver on a construction site that allows workers to quickly clear debris from high levels. But chutes can also do more harm than good if they are buckled or improperly installed under a heavy load. When this happens, the employees can bring a third-party construction injury lawsuit.

Well, personal injury lawyers can also resolve construction accident cases, but “can they help with my construction accident case?” The answer is yes, they can, but hiring a construction accident lawyer will be the best instead of a personal injury lawyer.

Who is responsible when a debris chute hurts a construction worker?

It is the duty of the contractors and site owners to keep the construction sites as secure as possible for their workers. Contractors and site owners should comply with the rules made by the Department of Labor’s commissioners to follow the law’s provisions. There are specific rules for chutes that include:

  1. Chute enclosures

It is used on the elevated levels of a structure that should be entirely closed on all sides except for the entrances used to receive and discharge debris and material. All openings should be covered when not in service. 

  1. Chute Construction

Chutes above 24inches should be constructed of exterior grade plywood with a minimum of two inches thick and be strictly supported throughout its height. Substantial baffles and gates should be installed at every chute’s lower end to prevent debris or materials from striking people beneath.

  1. Safety at openings

A four-inch by four-inch curb or bumper should be provided at each chute entrance if the entrance is at or below the floor level. Any space between the edge and the cute of the floor or platform opening should be solidly planked.

  1. Warning signs

A sign with “DANGER” written on it should be placed in a prominent location at all chutes discharge end to warn visitors as well as workers beneath the chute of the possible overhead hazard. The lettering on the sign should be at least six inches big and in a color that will counter the background. 

You should have evidence to show that another party is responsible for any construction accident. You can use the following:

  1. Medical records.
  2. Video surveillance.
  3. The report of the incident.
  4. Injury photos and the scene of the debris chute accident.
  5. Eyewitness statements.

If you or someone else is hurt by falling debris or other debris on a construction site, you should contact a construction accident lawyer as soon as possible and learn about your rights.