Construction is one of the most dangerous careers in America, with one in ten construction workers injured each year while working on the roads, infrastructure, and buildings across the country. This often involves the use of dangerous and heavy equipment and processes such as screeding.
Screeding is a familiar term in trades where concrete is being poured. It refers to the action of flattening outpoured concrete into a smooth, flat layer prior to finishing the surface or it can be used to describe the process of flattening out a layer of flooring mortar, sand, or gravel underlayment in a subfloor in preparation for paving. A screed is usually a 2×4 board or aluminum bar manufactured for the specific purpose of screeding, however, there are also power screeds that are powered by gas, electricity, or hydraulics.
Concrete work is hard work and, unfortunately, it is not without risk of injuries and accidents. If you have been injured in a screeds accident, contact Mike Agruss Law for a free consultation. We are a Chicago-based injury law firm representing individuals (and their families) who have suffered an injury in an accident. We will handle your case quickly and advise you every step of the way, and we will not hesitate to go to trial for you. Lastly, Mike Agruss Law is not paid attorneys’ fees unless we win your case. Our no-fee promise is that simple. You have nothing to risk when you hire us – only the opportunity to seek justice.
On their own, screeds tend to be safe. It is possible for employees to suffer fatigue and pain due to the stresses it puts on their back, knees, hands, arms, and shoulders, which can lead to serious muscle and joint injuries. A motorized screed takes away some of the physical efforts that hand screeding requires, including frequent stooping.
Power screeds, while helpful in reducing overuse injuries, they are not without their own set of risks. Workers should be trained in the safe use of a screed including staying alert, dressing properly to avoid being caught in the screed, using safety equipment, and always inspecting the screed prior to use to ensure it is in good working order. In addition, a screed that is defective in design and/or manufacture should never be used.
The most common injuries seen in screeds accidents include:
- Crushing injuries
- Severe burns
- Permanent disabilities
- Head, neck, and spinal injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
Liability in Construction Accidents
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH ACT), employers have an obligation to maintain a safe working environment and follow the regulations of OSHA. If the employer, subcontractor, equipment manufacturer, or another employee fails to follow the appropriate standards of care and their actions or inactions cause an accident, they could be liable for the injuries and damages their negligence caused.
The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act provides benefits, including medical and rehabilitation expenses, partial wages, and disability benefits to an injured worker regardless of who was at-fault for the accident. Workers compensation does typically prohibit an employee from suing their employer for the accident, however, there may be other options including filing a claim against a negligent third-party, such as a subcontractor, vendor, defective equipment designer and/or manufacturer, or general contractor who is not the employee’s direct employer.
Construction accidents are often complex, involving multiple parties and defendants. This is why it is important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney
to determine your rights under Illinois law.
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to negligence on the job site or a defective product, the lawyers
at Mike Agruss Law can review your claim and determine if there were unsafe working conditions, potential OSHA violations, and other hazards that may have existed at the time of your accident. They will also determine who may be liable for your injuries and damages and what compensation you may be entitled to.
Helping our clients is about counseling, advocating, and ultimately solving problems. With years of experience successfully representing the people, not the powerful, we will take care of the insurance adjusters, your medical bills, your property damage, and your lost wages, and monitor your treatment so you can focus on healing and getting your life back to normal. Our unique formula has earned us over 1,000 outstanding client reviews
on our website, an A+ BBB rating
, and over 135 five-star reviews on Google
. Call 888-572-0176, e-mail us at [email protected]
, or schedule a meeting with us here
. We’re here 24/7.