Types of Construction Site Accident Injuries
Hundreds of construction workers are injured or killed on the job every year. According to the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration, 820 employees died due to construction accidents in 2009.
Most construction site accidents are preventable. According to the OSHA Act, construction companies are required to take precautions to ensure worker safety. Failure to keep a working environment safe constitutes negligence.
Types of construction site accident injuries
- Scaffolding accidents: Scaffolding is a temporary structure, and construction workers stand on it to reach heights. Collapse is possible.
- Crane accidents: Cranes are commonly used to lift and move heavy objects. Overturning, contact with power lines, and overloading leads to crane accidents. According to surveys, 25-35% of all fatal construction site accidents involve cranes.
- Electrocution: Construction sites are high-voltage environments, and pose risks to workers who use electrical equipment. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, around 400 deaths occur every year from electrocution on construction sites. Severe burns and falls due to shock are a problem as well.
- Machinery: Defective equipment or improper operation puts construction workers in jeopardy. Improper design, improper maintenance and inadequate training also cause machinery accidents.
- Falling objects: The risk of being struck by falling objects or debris is high on construction sites. Unsecured loads, heavy tools and loose concrete may fall from above.
Anyone injured on a construction site due to lax safety standards or improperly maintained equipment may be eligible for compensation.
Consult a Bronx construction site accident attorney
Bronx construction site accident attorney Fatos Dervishi, helps victims of construction site accidents seek compensation. Call (917) 300-0797 , (718) 619-4525 or 212-235-1447 for a free case evaluation.