Injuries resulting from slip and fall accidents are common among construction workers and are the leading cause of workers’ compensation claims in the construction industry. Many slip-and-fall accidents occur due to dangerous jobsite conditions. When a dangerous condition resulting in a fall is caused by a property owner, a general contractor or a subcontractor, the injured worker may have the right to file a lawsuit for damages.
Slip and Fall Accident Statistics
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) states that 15% of all accidental deaths occur due to slips and falls. As per the Bureau of Labor Statistics report of 2011, 259 out of 738 deaths related to construction site accidents were due to slips and falls in the U.S. This figure accounts for 35% of the total fatalities in the construction field.
What Constitutes a Slip and Fall?
Slip and fall accidents in construction sites are generally classified into the following four categories:
- Slip and fall – Occurs when a person slips on the surface and falls. Wetness, spilled oil, grease or other liquids on the surface may cause of such falls.
- Stump and fall – Occurs when a person stumbles upon an obstacle on the surface.
- Step and fall – Occurs when a person falls due to an unexpected glitch on the surface or a hole in the flooring.
- Trip and fall – Occurs when a person trips over a foreign body and falls.
Common causes of Slip and fall Accidents on Construction Sites
Unprotected Sides, Wall Openings, Floor Holes
Most construction sites have unprotected sides and edges, floor holes or wall openings where insulation and wiring is being installed. If those openings are not protected, they may result in slip and fall accidents.
Improper/ Unsafe Scaffold Construction
Scaffolds can lead to serious injury when used improperly. A slip and fall accident may occur if ladders are not properly attached to the scaffolding, when an incorrect ladder is used to access the scaffolding or when guardrail systems are not used or are installed improperly.
Improper/Misuse of Movable Ladders or Support Devices
Construction workers risk falling when portable ladders are not secured before climbing. Unsteady ladders may move or shift while workers are on them Falls from ladders are a major cause of injury on construction sites resulting in sprains, broken limbs, or even death.
Working in extreme weather like heavy rain or snow may result in slipping on water or ice.Working in extreme heat may result in heatstroke which can cause a worker’s balance to be disrupted.
Contact the Reinken Law Firm for Slip and Fall Accident Attorney, CT
If you have suffered serious injuries due to slip and falls on a construction site, speak to our slip and fall attorneys. As slip and fall lawyers with more than two decades of experience, Eric Reinken and Brooke Goff have the skills needed to help. Contact us at 203-541-0090/ 203-418-7037/ 203-491-4404 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.