Work Accidents Construction Accidents
Construction work is dangerous, requiring workers to handle heavy machinery, dangerous equipment, and more. Many construction fatalities and injuries stem from violations of workplace safety standards. An experienced construction accident attorney will be able to help you and your family fight to get the compensation you need and deserve.
According to OSHA, approximately 6.5 million workers are employed in over 200,000 construction sites across the United States on any given day. The rate of injury for the industry is significantly higher than the national average, which is no surprise given the dangerous nature of the job. Worksites often include dangerous stairs, structures, cat walks, electrical wiring, gas lines, and machinery. When a company fails to meet the proper safety guidelines, they can be held responsible for construction accidents.
Causes of Construction Accidents
Construction workers suffer are victim to numerous types of accidents, including falls, electrocutions, burns, crush injuries, vehicle accidents, and explosions. OSHA publishes a list of the top ten most frequent violations in the construction industry:
- Improper scaffolding
- Inadequate fall protection
- Excavation violations
- Improper or faulty ladders
- Lack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Excavation mishaps
- Failure to provide HAZMAT information, including MSDS
- Failure to provide adequate training
- Failure to adopt and enforce safety provisions for heavy machinery operations
- Failure to meet proper electrical safety standards
Construction Accident Compensation
While many workplace injuries involve worker’s compensation, injured workers and their families may also be entitled to financial damages from other parties beyond the employer, such as property owners, construction managers, equipment manufacturers, safety personnel, general contractors, and subcontractors.
OSHA regulations require employers to meet a number of obligations, including the requirement to offer a workplace free from safety hazards, to establish a comprehensive safety communication program, and to ensure all workers have the proper tools, equipment, and training. These regulations include a number of rules for different types of construction work, from residential to commercial to industrial. Failure to meet these requirements could amount to negligence on behalf of a company.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident, there is a limited time to act. Contact us today.