Working in construction could be right for you if you are a practical person and a man of action.
The construction sector includes commercial building construction, residential housing building, industrial development, heavy construction, and other engineering projects. It is also very well known the fact that construction sites are dangerous places. Construction sites accidents statistics continue to demonstrate that construction industry accidents have the highest level of injuries and fatalities.
Construction site accidents and injuries lead to claims and lawsuits. A personal injury lawyer will be able to provide you with the legal help you need to obtain the full and fair compensation for the injuries sustained on the job site.
Most common construction sites accidents
For a clearer vision of the serious or even fatal consequences, set out below are some of the top causes of construction-related accidents and injuries:
Electrocution. Electrical accidents result from one of the following three factors: unsafe equipment or installation, unsafe environment or unsafe work practices.
Slips, trips and falls from height. Falls are one of the vast causes of construction site accidents that lead to fatality.
Overworking. Stress can impact workplace safety and can facilitate accidents. There are studies which concluded that many workers experience high levels of stress by chronic fatigue due to long shifts, overtime and lack of repose.
Occupational heat stress. This is a heat-related illness that can occur after working in hot conditions that can lead to brain, heart damage or even death.
Motor vehicle accidents. Another alarming cause of constructions site accidents are workers who are injured by a vehicle.
Equipment related accidents. Poorly functional or defective machinery, equipment or tools used in the process, may also cause severe injuries to their handlers.
Struck by or against an object. Focused on their tasks, sometimes workers don’t realize that they may be in danger of being crushed, caught, and compressed between one or more pieces or against a wall or a floor.
Of course, these causes are far from the only reasons why severe accidents happen at a construction site. Inadequate safety practice, improper training, dangerous conditions, are considered the main causes of accidents and injuries.
Severe medical injuries on construction sites
If you have been seriously injured on a construction site area, you probably will have to, as a result, rely on doctors and other medical professionals to diagnose and treat your condition.
An accident’s severity is influenced by the following factors: worker activity, worker characteristics, mechanism of accident, construction environment, and the location of the injury. The severity is divided into six categories: minor, moderate, serious, critical, fatal.
A variety of serious injuries incurred on the construction site can have catastrophic health consequences:
- Paralysis and other spinal cord injuries
- Burns from fires, explosions, or electrocutions
- Toxic exposure to chemicals
- Head or traumatic brain injuries
- Damage to the abdominal cavity organs
- Severely disfiguring deformities
- Permanent health harm or life-threatening lesion
- The recovery process depends on your specific injury, and treatment and recovery require some stages such as diagnostic tests (X-rays, CT scans), treatment in the ER, primary care, pain medication and prescription drugs, physical therapy, surgery.
Education and safety
Statistics show that unsafe acts and conditions cause accidents. Employers must assume the responsibility of giving employees the proper safety training before they begin any assignment. Therefore, this hes lead to employers training employees, managers, and supervisors on fundamental concepts and techniques for recognising risks and methods of controlling them.
They also provide frequent inspections on the job sites and ensure that the employees are correctly instructed and supervised in the operation of equipment and tools.
An important role in maintaining adequate safety on construction sites is also played by the high protective equipment and investments in first-aid kits. Therefore, paying attention to the above, make the difference between life and death for your workers.
The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 enforce standards to ensure that employees work in a safe, healthy and harmful environment. OSHA has implemented laws and regulations and is committed to protecting workers.
A lawyer can help
If unfortunately you suffered a construction site injury, you should contact a personal injury attorney for a free case evaluation. Following a serious construction accident it is important to obtain medical care and to be protected in order to receive fair compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, and the traumas the accident has caused.
“To find out who can be held liable in construction site accidents that involve injuries or deaths, it is essential to let an experienced attorney examine all the conditions of your case,” says John M. O’Brien, Sacramento and Elk Grove construction accident attorney.
In most of the cases in which you have been hurt on a construction site, your financial recovery will be limited. The worker’s compensations laws only cover injuries caused by the negligence of the employee. Furthermore, if a third party injured you, the limitations of the worker’s compensation laws don’t apply. In this situation, you can file a third-party lawsuit in a court of law seeking compensations for your losses.
About the author
John M. O’Brien is the founder and principal attorney at of John M. O’Brien & Associates, personal injury law firm with offices in Sacramento & Elk Grove. He has more than 20 years of experience. In addition, he has favourably represented clients who have been seriously injured on construction sites.