The Real Risks of Drugs and Alcohol on New Jersey Construction Sites

New Jersey Drug and Alcohol Construction Accidents: Are You at Risk?

Paul Hofmann
Specializes in personal injury, with emphasis on maritime, railroad and construction worker tort claims

Construction work is dangerous enough when everyone on the jobsite is sober. The risks presented by workers who are impaired by drugs or alcohol can be significant and can put you at risk if you are working on a New Jersey construction site. Accordingly, it is important to be aware of the risks, to know what to do if you are in danger, and to know how to contact a New Jersey construction accident lawyer if you are injured.

Three Risks Presented by Construction Workers Under the Influence

Construction workers who have been drinking and/or using drugs may be:

  • Unable to control heavy machinery including (but not limited to) cranes and motor vehicles.
  • More likely to lose their balance on heights, such as scaffolding and ladders.
  • More likely to be careless and injure themselves or others.

The accidents and resulting injuries can be significant and can cause construction workers who were not under the influence to incur serious injuries.

Speak Up If You Are in Danger or If You Have Been Injured

Sometimes the actions of a drunk or high construction worker are obvious. If you notice anyone who appears to be under the influence, then it is important to report it to your supervisor and to make sure that your contractor takes the necessary precautions to keep you safe. However, it isn’t always easy to tell that someone is under the influence, and even if the person isn’t exhibiting signs of intoxication he may still be creating a danger on the construction site.

If you have been hurt because of someone else’s decision to drink or take drugs while working construction, then you may have the right to recover damages for your injuries. Please contact an experienced New Jersey construction accident attorney today at 800-362-9329 for more information about your rights. We also encourage you to read our FREE pamphlet, Hurt in a Construction Accident? You’re Not Alone, for more information about what to do next.