Construction accident law is a specialized area of personal injury law that deals with accidents that occur at construction sites. These accidents can result in serious injuries or even death. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), one in ten construction workers are injured on the job every year.
Construction accident law covers a wide range of accidents, including falls from heights, electrocutions, and accidents involving heavy machinery. Our team of professionals is experienced in handling construction accident cases and can help you navigate the complex legal system.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident, it is crucial to seek legal representation as soon as possible. Our team can help you recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. Don't wait, contact us today to learn more about how we can help you.
Types of Construction Accidents
Construction sites are hazardous environments, and accidents can happen due to several factors. Falls, electrocutions, and being struck by objects are some of the most common types of construction accidents. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry, accounting for 33.5% of all fatalities.
Electrocutions are also a significant risk, and they can be caused by contact with overhead power lines, damaged cords, or faulty equipment. Being struck by objects, such as falling debris or equipment, is another common type of construction accident. In 2019, OSHA reported that being struck by an object was the second leading cause of death in construction, accounting for 11.1% of fatalities.
It's important to note that construction accidents can also result from negligence, inadequate training, or improper safety measures. Our team of professionals is well-versed in the complexities of construction accident cases and can help you navigate the legal process to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Common Causes of Construction Accidents
Construction sites are inherently dangerous places, and accidents are all too common. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there were 5,333 fatal workplace injuries in the United States in 2019, and 1,061 of those were in the construction industry. Some common causes of construction accidents include falls, electrocutions, being struck by objects, and getting caught in between objects.
Falls are the leading cause of construction accidents, accounting for almost one-third of all fatalities in the industry. This can happen when workers are working at heights without proper safety equipment, or when scaffolding or ladders are not set up correctly. Electrocutions are another common cause of construction accidents, often caused by contact with power lines or faulty equipment. Being struck by objects, such as tools or materials, can also be a serious hazard on construction sites. Finally, getting caught in between objects, such as being trapped between machinery or caught in a collapsing trench, can be deadly.
It's important for construction workers and their employers to take safety seriously and take steps to prevent accidents. This can include providing proper safety equipment, such as hard hats and harnesses, and ensuring that workers are properly trained on how to use it. Regular safety inspections and hazard assessments can also help identify potential risks before accidents happen. By taking these steps, we can work to reduce the number of construction accidents and keep workers safe on the job.