There has been an unprecedented push in recent years to build more condos in Oahu. With 32 developments scheduled to be built in the near future, locals can expect to start seeing road crews and diverted traffic.
We at Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner want to remind drivers to exercise extra caution in areas where construction is taking place. For your safety and the safety of others, remember to decrease your speed in construction zones and make sure to watch for pedestrians. Also be sure to obey all signs and signals, especially if a detour has taken you to an area you may not be familiar with.
According to the state’s employment forecast for the short term, new construction projects are expected to increase by more than 12 percent, creating nearly 4,000 new jobs between 2015 and 2017. In February of this year, 38,900 construction workers were employed in Hawaii.
Ground was just broken last month on one such construction project: a new 466-unit mixed-use residential tower that will include a Whole Foods Market on the ground floor. The Ae’o Tower will be located in Ward Village on the corner of Queen and Kamakee Streets, and is expected to be completed some time in 2018.
While Hawaiians should celebrate this boost to the economy, we want to remind residents of areas with construction projects to be aware of the risks that come with bustling construction sites. Not only do construction sites often lead to congestion, closures, and detours on roadways, but they can also be hazardous to pedestrians and passerby. Contractors, subcontractors, and workers who fail to abide by federal safety standards can make construction sites even more hazardous. Improperly maintained equipment, inexperienced crew, and falling objects are just some of the many things that can cause a serious accident. Whether you are a construction worker or a passerby, exercise caution!
If you are seeking a Honolulu personal injury lawyer after a car accident or construction accident, please contact Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner to discuss your legal options. You may be entitled to compensation for out-of-pocket costs related to your accident, including medical expenses, lost wages and/or earning capacity, pain and suffering, and more. Our team has represented injured individuals in Hawaii since 1971 and has successfully recovered millions of dollars in compensation.