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Common Construction Site Hazards for Passersby

Usually, construction sites are bustling with activity and heavy machinery. As a result, they can be dangerous places not only for the workers but also for those who happen to pass by. Just driving or walking by a construction site can put you at risk of a serious injury through no fault of your own.

If you have been injured in an accident that took place near a construction site, you may be able to recover your accident-related losses. At  Cook, Bartholomew, Cook & Jones, LLP, our construction site accident lawyers represent accident victims and strive to obtain the largest possible settlement or award in every case. 

With over 150 years of combined experience, our lawyers have identified various hazards common in construction sites that could endanger people simply passing by. These include the following:

Falling Objects

One of the most prevalent dangers near construction zones is the risk of falling objects. Construction materials, tools, and even debris can accidentally plummet from heights, posing a serious threat to anyone in their path. Injuries from falling objects can range from minor cuts and bruises to severe head injuries, brain injuries, fractures, or even fatalities.


Though less common, explosions can be catastrophic on construction sites. These explosions can result from gas leaks, electrical malfunctions, or the mishandling of hazardous materials. When explosions happen, the consequences can be dire. Passersby in close proximity may suffer from severe burns, blast injuries, and respiratory problems due to the force and heat generated.

Toxic Exposure

Construction sites often involve the use of hazardous chemicals, paints, and materials, which can emit toxic fumes or dust into the air. People in the area inhaling or coming into contact with these substances may experience various health issues. These can include respiratory problems, skin conditions, and more severe health complications over time.

Road Hazards Due to Heavy Equipment

Large construction equipment and vehicles frequently maneuver around construction sites, sometimes driving onto nearby roads and sidewalks. This poses a constant risk to pedestrians and drivers alike. Construction accidents involving heavy machinery can result in serious injuries or fatalities that leave victims with lifelong physical and emotional scars.

Electrical Wiring

Exposed electrical wiring or faulty connections on construction sites can pose a serious danger to people in the area. Inadequate insulation or incorrect handling of electrical systems can lead to electric shocks or fires. Passersby who inadvertently encounter these hazards may suffer electrical burns, electrocution, or injuries caused by subsequent fires. Victims, through an attorney, can often recover compensation for their accident-related losses .

Schedule a Free Case Evaluation with an Illinois Personal Injury Lawyer Today

If you or a loved one has been injured due to negligence at a construction site, you have a legal right to pursue compensation. It is strongly recommended to consult with an injury attorney to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve. 

At Cook, Bartholomew, Cook & Jones, LLP, we have successfully represented construction site accident victims and secured justice and the compensation they rightfully deserve. Call us at (618) 258-0420 or contact us online for a free case evaluation with an attorney.