Hazards on Construction Sites
- Scaffolding - About 2.3 M workers frequently work on scaffolds & it is estimated that there are approximately 4,500 injuries and 50 fatalities each year.
- Falls - Falls account for the majority of fatalities in the construction industry. Unstable work surfaces, misuse or failure to use fall protection & human error are usually involved.
- Excavations & Trenching - The structure of trenches when excavating is very important. Trench collapses cause dozens of fatalities & hundreds of injuries each year.
- Ladders - It is estimated that there are 24,882 injuries and as many as 36 fatalities per year due to falls on stairways and ladders used in construction.
- Head protection - Seems easy enough to wear a hard hat, right? Unfortunately workers still endure head injuries because of improper use or simply not wearing a hard hat at all.
- Hazard communication - Failure to recognize hazards associated with chemicals often cause chemical burns, respiratory problems, fires & explosions.
- Electrical - Defective wiring methods, design & protection standards are all facets that contribute to electrical burns or injuries due to contact with live electrical lines.
- Cranes - Significant & serious injuries can occur if cranes are not inspected before use and/or if they are not used properly. Workers can be struck by overhead loads or caught within a crane's swing radius.
- Forklifts - Each year, about 100 people are killed and about 95,000 people are injured while operating powered industrial trucks. Forklift turnover accounts for a significant number of these fatalities.
(Statistics from OSHA)
Construction Injury Compensation
When a construction worker or contractor is seriously injured on the job, the possibility of not being able to return to work and provide for their family is a scary proposition. Our attorneys are well versed in premises liability as well as construction litigation cases and can help workers recover damages suffered.
If you've suffered a construction injury or been involved in a construction site accident, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Medical expenses – hospital, surgical and ambulance bills
- Rehabilitation costs – physical therapy and future medical care
- Diminished earning capacity – compensation for future earnings lost due to the injury
- Lost income – payment for wages lost
- Pain & suffering