According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction work is the second most dangerous occupation, with maximum accidents in the workplace. Employees working at construction sites are entitled to protection from hazards and potential accidents. It is the legal responsibility of any employer to comply with statutory regulations and requirements for safe working practices. If an employer fails to do so, they risk being held liable for compensation claims following an accident.
The Escalating Number of Construction Site Accidents Cases
Below are some statistics regarding construction site accidents:
- As per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are more than 150,000 construction accidents each year that account for 20% of all fatal workplace accidents in the U. S.
- Construction workers between 25-34 years old are more likely to be injured on the job.
- Fifteen percent of workers’ compensation claims are victims of construction accidents.
- Each year in the U.S. more than 40,000 injuries take place on construction sites.
- Scaffolding accidents account for 60 deaths and 4,500 injuries each year in the U.S.
Different Types Of Construction Site Accidents
The different types of construction accidents include:
- Scaffolding/Ladder accidents
- Machinery/Cranes/Forklift accidents
- Fire/Electrocution/Explosion accidents
- Accidents due to falling objects
- Vehicle accidents
- Excavation and trench accidents
- Falls from heights accidents
- Fires and explosions
- Trench or building collapses
- Repetitive Motion Injuries
- Heat Stroke
Common Causes of Construction Site Accidents
Some common causes of construction site accidents include:
- Slick surfaces that cause workers to slip and fall
- Stairwells lacking railings
- Improper use of stepladders
- Working on roofs without appropriate fall protection
- Scaffolding that does not meet state safety regulations or is improperly used
- Failure to use proper personal protective equipment
- Equipment and machinery not checked properly before use
- Toxic exposure
Some Common Construction Site Injuries
Injuries that may result from construction site accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Loss of eyesight or hearing
- Amputation and disfigurement
- Spinal cord injury
- Burn injury
- Broken bones
- Knee & Ankle Injuries
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Shoulder Injuries
Contact Us For A Free Consultation!
If you or a loved one is injured in a construction site accident, take quick action to protect your rights. Attorneys Eric Reinken and Brooke Goff will do everything possible to maximize the amount of benefits you receive. Call us at 203.541.0090.