All workers in the field of construction have the right to work on a safe work site. Workers in the construction field face hazardous conditions on a daily basis. Common construction accidents include falls from significant heights and heavy machinery accidents often resulting in catastrophic or permanent injuries. Washington State law provides protection for construction workers. When these protections and safeguards fail, a worker has a right to pursue the responsible party for compensation for their injuries. This right is in addition to the benefits a worker may be receiving from Washington State’s Department of Labor and Industries. Claims for injuries can potentially be made against the general contractor or subcontractor, providing that the general or subcontractor is not the injured person’s employer. The general or subcontractor has the responsibility and duty to ensure their work site is safe pursuant to Stute v. PMBC, 114 Wn.2d 454, 788 P.2d 545 (1990).
If something you did may have caused your injury, Washington State law allows for proportional shares of fault, meaning you would be held responsible for only part of the injury, and you may be able to seek damages from the general contractor or employer for the remaining part.
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