Construction is one of the most dangerous industries in the world. And yet, it’s also one of the most necessary. These men and women are risking life and limb to provide housing and commercial structures for us, the general public. Unfortunately, the risk they endure is often well-founded. There are countless accidents on construction sites each year. In fact, in 2010, the Bureau of Labor Statistics discovered that there were 774 deaths due to construction site accidents. That’s 18 percent of all work-related fatalities for the entire year. Additionally, four out of 100 workers are injured each year.
The most common construction site accidents include:
- Falling – Construction workers often find themselves at soaring heights, on scaffolding or ladders. A fall from such a height is often fatal, if proper precautions are not taken.
- Slip and fall – A slip and fall accident is all too common on a work site. Everything from stray tools to improperly stored materials may pose a danger.
- Falling debris – When working up high, tools and debris may fall from one worker, striking another on the ground below.
- Overexertion – An often-overlooked symptom of the construction industry, overexertion, especially in humid environments, leads to heat stroke.
- Fire – Fire, as a result of unfinished piping, leaking gas, or a faulty electrical system, is a common cause of death on a construction site.
Often, construction injuries are covered under worker’s compensation. It is entirely possible to file a personal injury claim, however. For example, if a construction worker is injured due to a defective tool, a product liability claim may be filed against the manufacturer. You’ll want to speak with a lawyer to discover all your options, first and foremost.
If you’ve been injured in a construction site accident, call The Durham Firm today at (214) 222-4000. We’ll discuss your case and find a suitable solution!