According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the industry with the most worker fatalities is the construction industry, which does not account for the thousands of injuries suffered by construction workers. Whether working construction in a residential, commercial, or industrial capacity, the work can be dangerous given that safety equipment, frames, and the like must be continuously erected and stabilized as the work remains ongoing.
Construction Injuries Causes
The federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) published a study on the “fatal four” in construction concerning injuries and fatalities. They estimate that if these deadly four types of workplace accidents were able to be eliminated, it would save approximately 500 lives each year in the United States. In 2014, the fatal four made up 58.1% of all construction fatalities and were listed as:
- Injuries From Falls – Workers who fall from a few feet to several stories as the result of faulty stairs, railways, scaffolding, missing rails, and other causes made up over 340 deaths in 2014.
- Injuries from Electrocution – Workers killed when they came into contact with an electrical system that was improperly maintained, where water hazards were allowed to collect, that was not installed correctly, or when vehicles collided with power lines, and other causes accounted for 74 deaths in 2014.
- Being Struck By An Object – Workers struck by objects such as vehicles, power tools, heavy machinery, equipment, had items dropped on to them, and others accounted for over 70 deaths in 2014.
- Caught In Between – Workers killed when they are struck by moving equipment and caught against another vehicle, wall, the ground, or another piece of equipment accounted for 1.4% of deaths in 2014.
The same department published a top ten list of most frequently cited standards in the workplace, and the leading citation was related to fall protection in the construction industry.
Construction Injuries Liability
Employers who fail to meet OSHA and other safety standards put their workers in danger and are liable for their negligence. Construction injuries often include but are not limited to broken bones, bruises, burns, back injuries, neck and head trauma, paralysis, and others.
When construction injuries happen, it is commonplace for liable employers to deny culpability, offer a low settlement or none at all, and/or to try to resolve the matter solely via a workers’ compensation plan. These injured workers may find offered settlements do not cover medical bills, lost wages, and other costs.
Attorney for Construction Injuries
If you or someone you know has been injured in a construction accident, you have a limited time to act. Contact Dax F. Garza, P.C. immediately at no cost to learn your rights when dealing with an employer.