Construction Worker Injuries
Injuries that occur on construction sites are often worse than any other work-related injuries because of the inherent danger associated with the job and the equipment involved. For example, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), one in five worker deaths in 2014 were in the area of construction. The leading causes of death on construction sites include falls, electrocution, getting struck by an object, and being caught in-between objects. With over 6 million people working at over 250,000 construction sites across America every day, the fatal injury rate for the construction industry is simply too high.
Employers Violating OSHA Standards
Many construction worker injuries can be linked to employers violating OSHA standards, including:
- Failing to ensure that there is fall protection;
- Complying with the hazard communication standard;
- Complying with the general scaffolding requirements;
- Providing for respiratory protection;
- Controlling hazardous energy;
- Not appropriately managing powered industrial trucks;
- Properly managing ladders;
- Properly maintaining electrical, wiring methods, and components and equipment;
- Properly complying with machine guarding requirements; and
- Properly complying with general requirements for electrical systems design.
Yet, there may not always be just one employer at fault in a given construction site injury. For example, if one company manufactured defective equipment and then sold it to an employer who failed to maintain the equipment, resulting in an accident, the manufacturer can also be held liable. In addition, there are often different contractors involved in construction sites (for example, one contractor may cover the inspection while another is responsible for the construction).
Some of the many incidents that occur and give rise to claims on these sites include trenches and scaffolds collapsing, people falling or being shocked, and people suffering from repetitive motion injuries. Many construction workers end up experiencing broken bones, burns, electrocutions, lacerations, eye injuries, shoulder or ankle injuries, loss of hearing, paralysis, post-traumatic stress disorder, toxic exposure, traumatic brain injuries, and others as a result.
However, there are solutions for each of these issues, and information on hazard prevention is provided to employers by OSHA, indicating that no one should be getting hurt on these sites if proper precautions are taken.
Any construction worker who has been injured is eligible for workers’ compensation benefits while they recover. In a construction accident injury claim, victims can also obtain compensation related to medical bills, pain and suffering, wage loss, and other damages.
Prestigious Chicago Personal Injury Firm | Curcio Law Offices
At Curcio Law Offices, we have handled hundreds of construction site workplace accident claims and we aggressively represent our clients. We understand that construction site injuries (and claims) are often like no other in terms of severity. And we work with a myriad of experts to ensure that your case is as solid as possible. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a construction site accident, contact us today to discuss your case.