For many people, the term premises liability will conjure images of wet floors or poorly maintained staircases. However, premises liability can stem from all kinds of improper maintenance and negligence. Many times, premises liability falls to the property owner or the person renting or leasing a space.
However, there are also times when third parties incur premises liability because of their actions or inaction at a specific property. Construction companies, in particular, can incur substantial premises liability risk if they don’t engage in proactive cleaning and maintenance when doing work or cleaning up after a project.
Construction supplies, like cement, could easily lead to injuries
Maybe you have to enter a recently built building or have to cross an area where a new sidewalk installation has just taken place. The professionals performing the work should be very careful about preventing pedestrian accidents while they are on-site and then take steps to clean the area and keep it safe even after they leave.
If they discard a large amount of cement, either dry or already wet, the risk exists for that cement to harden and potentially result in severe injuries if someone trips or hits the pile of cement while on a bike or in a wheelchair. Failing to address issues that could hurt others is a form of negligence, which can lead to legal claims.
Construction workers should employ a variety of tools, ranging from barriers to construction tape that prevent people from accessing areas where the ground is uneven or unsafe. They should also ensure that they clean up all their materials, waste and unused supplies when they leave a worksite so that no one winds up hurt because of the job they just did.
Your rights when you get hurt by workers who don’t clean up after themselves
Depending on the circumstances, a person who gets hurt by leftover supplies or equipment at a construction site near a building may have multiple options for compensation. If it has been several days or even weeks since the crew finished their work, the liability may fall to the property owner, who should reasonably have noticed the dangerous items left behind and taken steps either to address them themselves or get the company to come back and fix the problem.
However, in circumstances where work is ongoing or was just completed, it may be the construction company that has responsibility for the injury you suffered. In both cases, they will likely be insurance policies in place that protect the victim. However, a civil lawsuit may also become necessary if the victim has trouble securing appropriate amounts of compensation.