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Construction Site Accidents

Construction is a "high risk" industry. According to The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) construction workers have a right to a safe workplace. However, one of every five workplace fatalities is a construction worker and construction injury still runs higher than the national average (4.0 rate in 2004). Nearly 1,000 construction workers are killed each year while on the job and most construction site accidents could have been prevented. As well, The Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics showed in 2004 an above-average number of days lost to illness or injury. In 2007-08, 31 percent of all fatal work-related injuries were in the construction industry.

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Construction Accidents

Construction site employers must ensure construction site safety for their employees. On-site conditions must comply with regulations to minimize the risk of injury at all times. There are numerous hazards that exist in construction and an employer has a strict duty to safeguard the welfare and the well-being of all employees.

Although construction workers are supposed to be trained in basic safety, accidents still occur on job sites. According to the OHSA, only about 10 percent of construction companies employ more than 20 workers, and many companies have no formal job safety regulations or programs in place.

Construction site accidents often occur as a result of faulty materials, inferior tools and equipment, malfunctioning machinery and negligence. Employees are often working in and with hazardous environments such as trenches, heights and power lines, and dangerous equipment.

Most accidents are caused by being hit by or caught in equipment, over-exertion and falls. Sprains and strains, cuts and punctures, fractures, bruises and soreness account for most common injuries. But among all construction-related occupations, The Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reports construction laborers suffered the highest number of fatalities in 2004.

Construction Accident Claims

Any significant construction site accident involves workers' compensation rights. However, a workers' compensation claim can also be supplemented by legal actions against those responsible for various activities on the jobsite--from equipment manufacturers to construction managers to general contractors, depending upon the individual circumstances of the accident. Because nearly all construction site accidents are preventable, a construction site accident lawsuit is important, particularly when a construction injury leaves a worker disabled or results in construction death.

If you have been involved in a construction site injury, please contact your doctor and an accident attorney as soon as possible to help determine the extent of your injuries and to determine who is liable for the injury. There are also statute of limitations laws that govern how long you have to file a claim, so do not delay in registering your complaint.

Construction Accident Case

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CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENT LEGAL ARTICLES AND INTERVIEWS

Construction Accident Round-up: One Dead, Two Injured in Separate Accidents
Construction Accident Round-up: One Dead, Two Injured in Separate Accidents
July 13, 2010
Waverly, IA A construction accident recently claimed the life of a construction worker in Iowa. In a separate incident, two others were seriously injured when scaffolding collapsed at a construction site in Massachusetts. The unfortunate mishaps illustrate how dangerous construction work can be and how important it is to follow safety protocol onsite [READ MORE]

Construction Accident Injures One, Kills Another in Kansas City
Construction Accident Injures One, Kills Another in Kansas City
November 18, 2009
Kansas City, MO A dramatic construction accident left one man dead and another seriously injured when a portable boom lift with a basket on top fell over during the construction of a new performing arts center [READ MORE]

Man dies in construction accident in Oregon
Man dies in construction accident in Oregon
September 30, 2009
Beaverton, OR A 51-year-old man was killed over the weekend in a construction accident after a dump truck reportedly backed over him [READ MORE]




READER COMMENTS

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Amy Murphy
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My brother was killed on the job in Seffner Florida in sept. He was killed by high voltage electrocution. OSHA has not completed the investigation as of today. He was a single man, and I am the oldest of his 3 sisters. What are our rights in this process. The medical examiner ruled his death accidental, but the police reports and other things do NOT jive. We just want to know what our rights are up to this point.

Thank you

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