Construction site accidents are much more common than they should be. In fact, according to OSHA, there are almost 12 deaths a day in a given year. (Construction Statistics) With so many accidents and injuries that could be caused by someone else’s negligence, it is important to understand the common causes of these situations.
Often referred to as the “fatal four”, these situations often lead to injuries or fatalities in the workplace. They include:
- Falls – This most often refers to falls from high places, such as from scaffolding. This leads to 36% of fatal accidents.
- Objects – This could include objects being dropped or equipment breaking. This leads to 10% of fatal accidents.
- Electrocutions – This often occurs when the wiring is being manipulated in the building. This leads to 9% of fatal accidents.
- Caught in Between – Workers could be caught in mechanisms, which can result in detrimental injuries, loss of limb, and death. This leads to 2% of fatal accidents.
In any of these cases, negligence could be to blame. There are quite a few people who could be responsible for the accidents, including equipment manufacturers, site and property owners, operators, inspectors, and others. In any case where someone is responsible, they need to be held accountable for their actions.
Whether you were a victim of a construction accident or you lost a loved one due to a fatal accident, you do need to contact an attorney to pursue a case. Call the offices of Thompson Wedeking for a free consultation.