Construction is one of the most dangerous professions throughout the world. Many Americans are employed in construction-related fields and, by the nature of this work, are at risk of sustaining a serious or fatal workplace injury. Sadly, nearly 5,000 individuals are killed on the job each year. Almost one-quarter of these fatalities occur in construction industry. The four leading causes of deaths among persons working in the construction industry are:
- Falling on site
- Being struck by falling objects or debris
- Being caught in or between heavy machinery and structures.
- Forklift injuries
In 1970, Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, otherwise known as OSHA. Agencies such as OSHA exist to regulate and monitor workplace safety by establishing and enforcing workplace standards and providing education, outreach, training, and assistance to protect workers from serious harm or death. OSHA regulations recognize that these accidents are preventable, but such requires compliance by employers. Unfortunately, these federally imposed standards continue to be violated and workers continue to suffer. In 2013, the most frequently cited violations of OSHA standards following inspections of construction sites, were: (1) an employer’s failure to provide fall protection; (2) inadequate and/or unsafe scaffolding; and (3) improper and/or unsafe use of ladders.
Any injury on a construction site should immediately be reported to your supervisor and an incident report completed. In addition, an injured worker or family should immediately report the incident to OSHA if their employer has not already done so, especially if a fatality is involved. It is also imperative that you contact trial lawyer Michael P. Fleming to ensure your rights are protected.
If you have been involved in a construction accident, you should contact a workplace injury lawyer immediately.
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A construction jobsite injuries lawyer at the law firm of Michael P. Fleming & Associates can help you determine if you have a third-party liability claim. In other words, did the actions of a subcontractor or supplier cause your accident injuries?
- We want to hear your story. Tell an experienced construction accident attorney about your accident. How did it happen? What were your injuries? Did your injuries cause you to lose wages or incur medical bills?
- We will review the facts. Our law firm knows how to investigate accident cases and determine who or what company may be liable for your injuries.
- We can represent you. If you have a case, we will talk to the insurance company and other parties to obtain compensation for your injuries. If necessary, we will take the matter to court.
Construction accidents can be especially dangerous — falls from high places, explosions, or cave-ins from excavations, falls caused by failure to remove debris, crane accidents, electrocutions, or burns from improper temporary wiring, and unsafe truck unloading procedures. If you have been in a construction accidents, talk to an attorney about your rights.