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Construction is one of the most dangerous works in the United States. According to the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), in 2017, one in five workplace accidents are construction ones. Injuries or deaths from construction site accidents lead to workers' claims for compensation and, in some cases, personal injury lawsuits. Serious and fatal construction accidents often occur when an employer, property owner, or another party cannot ensure the safety of the site or prevent all hazards.
If you or a loved one is injured in a construction accident, your case may go beyond simple workers' compensation. You may need a construction accident lawyer to get the compensation you truly deserve.
The most frequent violations of construction safety standards
Many construction injuries and deaths result from unsafe work, lack of personal protective equipment, and other violations of the safety standards to protect construction workers.

According to OSHA, the following 10 violations are the most common on a construction site:

  1. Insufficient fall protection;
  2. Inadequate communication of potential hazards to workers;
  3. Scaffolding that does not meet safety requirements;
  4. Lack of respiratory protection;
  5. Poor control of hazardous energy sources (lockout/labeling);
  6. Unsafe stairs;
  7. Unsafe Operation of Mechanical Industrial Trucks;
  8. Poor training of workers in fall protection requirements;
  9. Inadequate security guards on cars;
  10. Lack of adequate eye and face protection.

If one of the above violations is the cause of your construction accident, you should contact a construction accident lawyer.
Many of the above violations are the direct cause of the four main types of construction accidents, which account for more than half (59.9%) of all construction worker deaths: falls, impact injuries, electric discharge, and jamming. Eliminating these causes would save the lives of 582 American workers each year.
Fall
Falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry. 2017 data show that of the 971 construction accidents in the US, 381 were associated with falls. Construction companies, contractors, and other parties involved are responsible for keeping workplaces safe and preventing workers from falling from scaffolding or through holes in floors, walls, etc.

OSHA requires fall protection at 4 feet in general workplaces, 5 feet in shipyards, and 6 feet in the construction industry. In addition, fall protection must be provided at all times when workers are working on hazardous equipment and machinery, regardless of distance.

Fall protection includes the use of special soles or floor coverings. It is also important that construction workers have adequate fall protection such as seat belts, safety nets, stair railings, and handrails. Personal protective equipment should be provided free of charge to workers and adequate safety training in a language they understand.

Floors and work areas must be free of spills and debris. If there is a spill, the area should be marked with cones to reduce the risk of slipping and falling.
Impact injuries
Object impact injuries killed 80 construction workers in 2017. These injuries can be caused by flying objects such as nails from a nailer, kickback from a saw, or dropped tools.

To prevent such accidents, power tools must be serviced and checked regularly. Employers should provide workers with protective equipment such as hard hats and safety goggles or face shields when using power tools.

It is very important to secure all building materials and tools when working overhead. Workers should be trained not to walk under platforms or areas where there is a risk of falling tools and construction materials. These areas should be marked to warn workers. Construction workers should not be under suspended loads such as items lifted by cranes or forklifts.

Builders can be hit by vehicles and equipment operating on construction sites. Such vehicles should have audible warning systems to alert workers, especially when they are reversing. Accidents often happen because of inadequate training in safety and technology handling.
Electric discharge
Construction workers often work with power lines, and therefore the risk of electric shock is high. There were 71 fatal electric shocks in the construction industry in 2017. Most electrical shocks occur due to contact with overhead power lines or other power sources or improper use of extension cords.

To protect workers from such accidents, it is important to locate and identify power lines before starting work. Workers should be trained to maintain a safe distance from power lines.
Jamming
These are accidents that occur when a worker is trapped inside or between machines or objects. They account for more than five percent of construction site deaths. Catastrophic injuries and fatalities often occur when walls or parts of buildings collapse on workers.
Another type of stuck incident is trench collapse
The OSHA definition of excavation is any artificial depression, cut, trench, or cavity created by removing dirt / other earth material. Trenches are defined as underground, narrow excavations that are no wider than 15 feet. Trenching has several OSHA requirements:

  • Constant supervision
  • Protection of workers
  • Heavy equipment should be kept away from trenches
  • Trenches should not be dug where underground utilities are located
  • Trenches should be inspected in rainy weather and always at the beginning of each shift.
Site managers can prevent many accidents by providing workers with adequate equipment, safety barriers, and proper supervision to ensure workers are not exposed to such hazardous conditions.
Do you need a construction accident lawyer?
There are several steps that workers must take if they are injured in a construction accident. Here are some of the most important steps to take after a construction accident:
  • Report the accident and injury to your employer and/or supervisor. Make sure you get a copy of this report for your records. Such a report will help document the place, time, and details of a construction accident.
  • Be sure to get timely medical attention, treatment, and care. This will help create a record of the injuries you received and the treatment you received.
  • Keep a record of the names and contact details of anyone (work colleagues or bystanders) who may have witnessed your accident.
  • Try to collect as much evidence from the scene as possible, such as photos, videos, physical evidence, etc. It is also important to preserve the equipment that caused the accident. Suppose faulty machinery or equipment caused your accident. In that case, they must be kept in their current state so that an expert can check them for any defects and/or signs of poor maintenance.
  • Do not admit guilt to anyone. You will not know the true cause of the accident until a full investigation has been completed.
  • Take your time with a settlement. Do not sign any agreements with other parties. Do not speak with an insurance agent until you have talked to a lawyer. They seek to close the case rather than bringing it to court. Yes, you will most likely be offered compensation, but it may be insufficient and small in comparison to what you can get with the help of a lawyer.
  • See an experienced construction accident lawyer who can help you get the compensation you rightfully deserve.
Types of compensation in case of accidents at the construction site
If you are involved in a construction accident, here are some of the types of compensation you can get from your employer's workers insurance:
Medical Expenses: Workers' Compensation pays for the medical and hospital expenses needed to diagnose and treat an occupational injury, such as doctor's appointments, hospital stays, surgeries, medications, and any necessary medical care.

Rehabilitation Costs: Injured construction workers often need intensive physical therapy to recover from serious injuries such as head injuries, spinal cord injuries, and bone fractures, etc. In addition, they may need occupational therapy or vocational rehabilitation to help them regain the skills and abilities they need to return to work or prepare for another career.

Disability Benefits: These compensate workers for a portion of lost wages when injuries make it difficult to return to work. Benefits will depend on whether the injuries were full or partial and whether they are permanent or just temporary.

Death Benefits: If a construction accident results in the death of a worker, immediate family members, such as children or spouses, may be eligible for death benefits to cover the loss of financial support. This benefit is calculated as a percentage of the deceased worker's earnings.
Involvement of third parties in accidents at a construction site
Workers' compensation may not be the only source of compensation to which you are entitled. Suppose your injury was caused by negligence or misconduct on the part of someone other than your employer. In that case, a construction accident lawyer could help you file a so-called third-party claim.

Examples of third parties that may be held liable for injuries resulting from construction accidents would include general contractors, subcontractors, construction companies, property and building owners, equipment maintenance firms, or the project manager responsible for a construction project if their negligence caused your accident.
When tools and equipment fail or do not work correctly, injured workers can receive compensation from the manufacturers of the defective equipment. For example, a faulty saw can lead to severe lacerations or even amputation of limbs. Defective nail pullers led to the death of people at construction sites. Unstable or malfunctioning ladders can also cause severe or fatal injury if dropped.
Suppose you or a loved one is injured in a construction accident. In that case, an experienced construction accident lawyer can help you better understand your legal rights and options.
Our lawyers will be with you throughout the entire process of filing a claim. They will help you with paperwork and other procedures to focus on your recovery and return to everyday life. Call us, and we will consult for you on all aspects of your case, answer all questions, help prepare documents, and present the case in court.
If you are faced with any type of injury, he is ready to help you receive the maximum compensation you deserve.
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