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Construction sites can be dangerous, killing and injuring thousands of workers every year. Common causes of construction accidents include falls, falling objects, electrocutions, fires and explosions, machinery accidents and trench collapses. If you have been injured in a construction accident, we can help you. We have the experience, knowledge and skills to protect your financial future. Call us at 917-300-0797.

 

Construction sites can be dangerous, killing and injuring thousands of workers every year. Falls, falling objects and electrocution are some causes of construction accidents. Repetitive motion injuries and broken bones are some common injuries. If you have been injured in a construction accident, we can help you. We have the experience, knowledge and skills to protect your financial future. We have successfully represented thousands of construction workers. Call 917-300-0797.

Common Causes and Injuries of Construction Accidents
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Construction accidents

Construction sites can be dangerous, killing and injuring thousands of workers every year. Workers are often required to use powerful machinery, scaffolding, and ladders and climb to great heights. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that one in ten construction workers dies every year in the US. It is important for workers to familiarize themselves with the common causes of these accidents to prevent their occurrence.

Common Causes of Construction Accidents

Falls: This is one of the most common causes of construction accidents. Workers at construction sites are at risk of falling off scaffoldings, cranes, roofs, ladders and other equipment or machinery.

Falling objects: Workers at construction sites are at risk of getting struck by falling objects, such as tools or other construction materials, that are not properly secured. These objects can cause severe brain and spinal injuries even if proper safety equipment is worn.

Machinery-related accidents: Heavy machinery such as forklifts and dumpsters can malfunction and cause serious accidents and injuries to workers.

Electrocution, fires, and explosions: Construction sites often contain exposed wirings, leaking pipes and flammable chemicals that can lead to electrocution, fires and explosions and result in serious injuries.

Trench or building collapse: Trenches being built on construction sites may collapse and injure workers inside. Buildings under construction can suddenly or unexpectedly collapse and injure or kill workers.

Due to the strenuous physical labor required in the construction industry, workers are often victims of the following injuries:

  • Repetitive motion injuries
  • Muscle and joint damage due to overuse
  • Heat stroke due to extremely hot temperatures
  • Hypothermia in cold climates
  • Burns and electrocution
  • Eye injuries resulting in vision impairment or blindness
  • Broken bones, knee and ankle injuries
  • Neck, shoulder, back and spinal cord injuries
  • Illnesses caused by toxic chemical exposure
  • Head and brain injuries

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If you have been injured in a construction accident, we can help you. We have the experience and knowledge and will fight to protect your financial future. Our construction accident lawyers have successfully represented thousands of construction workers. Call 917-300-0797 or 718-619-4525 or email fdervishi@dervishilaw.com.

 

Construction accident

The four fatal construction accidents account for more workplace fatalities than any other kind of accident. These accidents claim hundreds of lives every year in the construction industry. They are the cause of 60% of all construction industry deaths. The four fatal construction accidents are:

  • Falls: According to OSHA, falls account for over 35% of the total deaths in the construction industry. Wall openings, floor holes, ladders, scaffolding, roofing and unprotected edges are some of the hazards that contribute to falls at construction sites.

  • Electrocution: Power lines, inadequate grounding, improper use of equipment and faulty power cords are some of the common causes of electrocution at construction sites.

  • Struck-by-object: Almost 10% of fatal construction site injuries result from a worker being struck by a flying, falling, swinging or rolling object.

  • Caught-in-between: Trench or excavation collapses, being crushed between rolling, sliding or shifting objects, and being caught in machinery are some of the examples of caught-in-between accidents.

How to Prevent the Four Fatal Construction Accidents

Well-planned safety protocols, safety training and the strict use of personal protective equipment (PPE) can help prevent the four fatal construction accidents. Here are some ways to prevent these kinds of accidents:

  • Use guardrails, fall arrest systems, safety nets, covers and restraint systems.

  • Use protective equipment when working with electrical hazards. Create a comprehensive list of all electrical hazards on site and post warning signs to alert workers of electrical risks.

  • Provide adequate training to employees on proper usage of machinery and equipment.

  • Always wear high-visibility clothing.

  • Follow OSHA safety guidelines.

  • Post signs about common safety procedures.

  • Reinforce safety awareness on a regular basis.

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Construction Accidents

Many people are injured on construction sites every day, including non-employees and innocent bystanders. Some injuries can be serious and some fatal. Construction accident cases involving non-employees are treated like normal personal injury cases. This means that the injured persons can file a lawsuit against the liable parties, such as general contractors, sub-contractors, property owners and negligent employees.

Elements to prove

Non-employees or bystanders, such as pedestrians or people driving by the construction sites may sustain injuries from falling debris, structural collapse, fires, electrocution, and other hazards. If the parties in charge of the construction site failed to follow safety measures in keeping the construction site safe, they may be held liable for injuries suffered. In order to file a lawsuit against the responsible parties, injured parties must prove that:

  • The parties acted negligently or intentionally
  • The accident caused the injuries

Claiming compensation

Non-employees who suffer injuries from a construction accident can pursue damages by filing a personal injury claim. The amount of compensation depends on the severity of the injury and financial losses sustained as a result of the accident. Injured victims can claim compensation for:

  • Medication costs: This is a reimbursement for all the medical expenses incurred from the time of the accident, to the present day. It includes medical treatment, prescription drugs, medical examinations, hospitalization, travel expenses, out of pocket expenses, and rehabilitation costs. It is important to keep all the receipts for any purchases related to your injury and treatment.
  • Loss of earnings: This compensates for lost wages and earnings suffered as a result of the injury, from the day of the accident to the present day, as well as future earning capacity. Lost income should be verified by the injured victim’s employer.
  • Pain and suffering: This compensation is awarded for pain and discomfort suffered as a result of the accident. Pain and suffering damages depend on the type of injury and how long one takes to recover.
  • Wrongful death: This damage is awarded when the case involves loss of life. It covers funeral expenses and compensates deceased relatives for the loss of income, loss of love, companionship and more.

The Statute of Limitations

Generally, personal injury claims are made within three years from the date of accident or injury. After this period, you may lose your right to sue.

Injured in a construction accident? Contact Dervishi Law Group, P.C.

Dervishi Law Group, P.C. specializes in construction accident cases. We can help you understand your legal rights and determine the course of action you should take. We provide our services in the Bronx, NY.

 

There were 3 million nonfatal workplace accidents in 2014. Practice safety rules to avoid accidents. Put safety policies and procedures in place, conduct regular training sessions, put someone in charge of safety, post signs to warn employees of hazards and conduct regular risk assessments. Following these safety measures can save lives.

 

Electrocution is one of the leading causes of deaths on construction sites. Following some safety tips can save lives in America. Maintain a safe distance from overhead power lines. Inspect portable tools and extension cords on a regular basis. Follow lockout procedures. Use power tools and equipment as designed.