Construction Site Accident Lawyer
In the span of 40 years, Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., have helped many construction site accident victims recover from the negligent acts of the employers and coworkers. If you have or a loved one has been seriously injured in a construction site accident, our attorneys are familiar with the rules and regulations pertaining to construction sites and are prepared to investigate your case to determine if it could have and should have been prevented. You were hurt doing your job, and you have a right to get some answers. Let us help you get them.
Construction Site Injury Statistics
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 21.1% of all work-related deaths occurred in the construction field in 2018. This resulted in 1,008 construction worker fatalities. Because of the increased risk of injury in the construction field, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has strict rules governing workplace safety, many of which cover construction sites.
What are the Most Common Causes of Construction Worker Fatalities?
The top four causes of construction worker fatalities in 2018 were:
- Falls from height (338)
- Being struck by an object (112)
- Electrocution (86)
- Crush between large objects and/or under collapsing structures (55).
Why Construction Site Accidents Happen
There are a number of reasons construction site accidents may occur. Sometimes it is about cost and profit. Unfortunately, ensuring compliance with all of the safety rules and regulations can be time-consuming and expensive. Economic factors and market competition can create an incentive for employers to cut costs be being lax about safety. It can also be a simple lack of knowledge and training. Some of the many reasons we see construction site accidents occur are as follows:
- Unsafe working conditions
- Inadequate training
- Failure to conduct safety inspections
- Negligent hiring of employees
- Failure to provide fall protection
- Scaffolding collapse and scaffolding accidents
Negligent Operation of Heavy Equipment
One major reason accidents happen on construction sites is that there are almost always numerous contractors from different companies all working on the same job site around heavy equipment. A failure to properly coordinate the flow of the work may result in the employee of one contractor causing injury to the employee of another contractor. Some of the common types of accidents we see involving heavy equipment on the job site are:
Injuries resulting from misuse of heavy equipment are almost always preventable. You may have a claim against the negligent operator of the machinery in question if you are injured by heavy machinery on a job site.
Consult a Construction Accident Attorney
If you suspect your work injury or loss was the result of your employer’s negligence, call us today for a free consultation. If we take your case, we work on a contingency fee. This means we front all of the litigation expenses and you pay us back for those and an attorneys fee ONLY if we make a recovery for you. If we don’t make a recovery, you don’t owe us a dime. If you have been seriously injured and you cannot come to us, let us come to you.