Who Is Responsible for Workers Compensation at a Construction Site and Considered the Employer

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Robert Golan

There can be any number of workers who are employed on a construction project. It really depends on its scope; the size of what is being built and its difficulty. The people who will be near the construction include the architects, the engineers, contractors, managers, and the companies who are bringing extra equipment. Plus, the individual who owns the land may be there too. With all of those people there, it is important to know who is liable for any injuries that occur. Accidents can happen anytime, which is why it is very important to understand the legal responsibilities of everyone working on the construction.


The person who owns the land, where the construction is taking place, can be responsible for certain injuries. They are responsible for any worker who is injured due to a land condition that they had knowledge of, or it is something they should have had knowledge of.


Contractors, whether they are general or a sub-contractor, is supposed to make sure that the construction area is as safe as can be expected. They need to speak up if there are any hazards in the area. For that reason, they are responsible with making sure their employees are performing the work in a safe manner.

Prime Contractors

The prime contractors are responsible for the same type of things that general and sub-contractors are responsible for. The difference is what it says they are responsible for in their work contract. Hence, it comes done to what work they are being paid to perform. That includes the work they choose to hire a sub-contractor for.

Architects and Engineers

The workers who are in charge of the design, such as the architects and engineers, have varying responsibilities. Their responsibilities come down to design standards. Anything else must be outlined in their contract.

Machine or Equipment Suppliers

The companies who are in charge of providing machines and equipment are responsible for making sure that there are no defects in whatever they are bringing to the construction site. Thus, they are in charge of design defects and making sure their inventory is maintained.

If you believe that you have a case as a result of an injury sustained while working, contact Nassau County workers compensation lawyer, Robert Golan, PC for a free consultation.

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