Construction Accidents: Common Causes of Workplace Deaths

Posted by Anapol Weiss on May 9, 2016 11:30:00 AM

Of the 4,251 private industry worker fatalities that occurred in 2014, 874 were in construction -- that is 20.5 percent or one in five worker deaths attributed to construction accidents.

The United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) refers to the leading causes of worker deaths on construction sites as the "Fatal Four."  They include falls as the most prevalent, followed by electrocution, strikes by an object, and a person getting caught in or between equipment, etc.

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The Fatal Four were responsible for more than half of construction worker deaths in 2014. OSHA estimates that eliminating these types of construction accidents would save 508 workers' lives in America every year.

Workers deserve the highest level of protection and consideration in order to prevent deaths and other serious personal injury. Injury at work is unacceptable when it results from the negligence of those responsible for workers' well-being. Contact the construction accident lawyers at Anapol Weiss for assistance if you were injured or a loved one was killed on a job site. Our legal team is highly qualified to investigate your case.

Topics: Construction Accidents

What Happens When a Pedestrian is Hurt at a Construction Site?

Posted by Anapol Weiss on Apr 7, 2016 11:30:00 AM

construction_accident_attorney.pngConstruction sites are hazardous by nature, and they are also often located in areas with lots of foot traffic. As a result, those responsible for the site maintain it with the utmost care to prevent injury. Tragically, construction site negligence can lead to accidents, injuries and deaths involving not only employees on the site, but unsuspecting pedestrians as well.

Mistakes that may lead to a construction accident include:

  • Insufficient barricades to keep pedestrians at a safe proximity to the site
  • Inadequate signs and warnings about construction hazards
  • Improper equipment inspections
  • Unsecured tools and equipment

Every person within range of possible falling debris on a construction site should be wearing a hard hat. To protect non-employees who might be walking nearby, barricades and warning signs should be placed around the site. Further, all equipment and tools should be inspected regularly for damage and defects that may cause them to malfunction. These and other actions are important in avoiding preventable death and injury.

Construction companies have a duty to keep their sites reasonably safe. A company that fails to do so and allows someone to get hurt at a construction site might be liable for that harm. Those who were injured may be able to file a construction accident lawsuit to seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and the decreased quality of life resulting from the injury.

Contact Anapol Weiss for to speak with a construction accident attorney if you were injured on a construction site. Our legal team has been successfully representing injured people for decades, and we’re prepared to investigate your situation.

 

Topics: Construction Accidents

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