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Slip-and-falls on construction sites

As spring is upon us - and summer is right around the corner - you can expect to see construction projects popping up on nearly every block. Whether it's a road construction project, a new building going up or a massive renovation, you can be sure that walking from place to place will quickly become cumbersome.

Navigating construction zones while driving can be a mess, but the actual danger comes when you are a pedestrian. Even though construction workers attempt to ensure pedestrians are safe, they can't be everywhere at all times.

Slip-and-fall accidents can result in serious injuries like broken bones, torn ligaments and head trauma. If you're walking on a sidewalk near a construction zone, it is important to remember three things.

  • Watch your feet. Whether there are cracks in a sidewalk, potholes in a cross-walk or random piles of debris in your path, being mindful of where you put your feet can go a long way to prevent serious falls.
  • Follow posted safety signs. If there is a known safety issue, the construction workers will likely post a warning. Whether that sign is warning you away from a particular path, warning you about falling debris or warning you about slippery surfaces, it is wise to be mindful of the potential danger.
  • Don't only follow posted safety signs. Just because there is no warning sign, doesn't mean that you don't face danger. Always be aware of your surroundings. Even on days when there is no work being performed, you face the risk of falling debris or unmarked slippery spots on a worksite.

You can never completely prevent accidents, but you can go a long way toward lessening your chances of being injured by remaining aware of your surroundings. If you or a loved one was seriously injured due to a slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accident, it is wise to seek the counsel of an attorney who is experienced in these areas.

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