Construction sites are known to be one of the most dangerous workplaces. Every year, thousands of workers are injured, and some even lose their lives due to construction accidents. A construction accident is any event that occurs during construction work that causes injury or death to a worker. Such accidents can result from various hazards, including falls, machinery malfunctions, electrocutions, and explosions.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the leading causes of construction accidents are falls, struck-by-object accidents, electrocutions, and caught-in-between accidents. These accidents are often caused by unsafe working conditions, inadequate training, and lack of proper safety equipment. In fact, OSHA reports that one in ten construction workers is injured every year.
Construction accidents can have devastating consequences not only for the worker but also for their families. They can result in lost wages, medical expenses, and long-term disabilities. As an expert construction accident lawyer, our team understands the complexities of construction accident cases and is dedicated to helping workers and their families obtain the compensation they deserve. We work tirelessly to ensure our clients receive the maximum compensation possible to cover their medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Common Causes of Construction Accidents
Construction sites are known to be dangerous places to work. Despite the many safety measures put in place, accidents still occur. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), one in ten construction workers are injured on the job every year.
There are several common causes of construction accidents. Falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry. Workers can fall from ladders, scaffolding, roofs, or other elevated surfaces. Electrocution is another common cause of construction accidents. Workers can be electrocuted by power lines, faulty wiring, or electrical equipment.
Being struck by an object is also a common cause of construction accidents. Workers can be hit by falling objects such as tools, building materials, or debris. Finally, getting caught or crushed by heavy machinery, vehicles, or equipment is another common cause of construction accidents.
At our firm, we understand the devastating consequences of construction accidents. Our team of professionals has the experience and expertise to help clients navigate the legal complexities of construction accident cases. We work tirelessly to ensure that our clients receive the compensation they deserve.
Types of Injuries Associated with Construction Accidents
At construction sites, workers are always at risk of injuries and accidents. These accidents can result in severe injuries, such as fractures, burns, head injuries, or even death. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there were 1,008 construction fatalities in the United States in 2018 alone. This number represents almost 21% of all private industry worker fatalities that year.
The most common types of injuries associated with construction accidents include falls, being struck by an object, electrocution, and caught-in/between accidents. Falls account for the majority of construction-related injuries and fatalities, accounting for over 33% of all fatalities. Being struck by an object is the second most common cause of workplace fatalities in the construction industry, with around 11% of all fatalities. Electrocution and caught-in/between accidents are less frequent, but still pose significant risks to workers.
These injuries can have life-altering consequences, including ongoing medical treatment, loss of income, and emotional trauma. That's why it's essential to seek the help of a construction accident lawyer to protect your rights and obtain the compensation you deserve. Our team of professionals is dedicated to helping injured workers and their families achieve justice and the compensation they need to move forward.