Construction Accident

The construction industry has regularly been one of the leading causes of workplace accidents in the U. S. Construction work is dangerous, even with strict government safety measures in place. The nature of the trade constantly exposes its personnel to risky situations, hazardous materials, and precarious tests of balance and concentration. A recent study conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the U.S. Department of Labor found that there were 1,273 fatalities related to the construction and extraction industries and 1,239 fatalities in private industry construction. These numbers actually reflect a drop in the total number of annual construction industry related accidents but it also reflects a rise in fatalities among young construction workers. Young construction workers between the ages of 14 and 17 reflected the only rise in fatal construction injuries.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics also conducted a one-year study of 1,234 construction related injuries to determine the most common cause of construction injuries.

The study concluded that:

  • The greatest number accidents, 36.1%, were due to falls
  • Out of those, 41.6% occurred within specialty trade contractors
  • Exposure to harmful substances or environments accounted for 13.8% of accidents
  • Out of those, 43.0% were suffered by electricians or electrical contractors

The construction industry is divided into three major segments:

  • Construction of buildings: general contractors or subcontractors build residential, industrial, commercial, and other types of buildings.
  • Heavy and civil engineering construction: private and government contractors that build sewers, roads, highways, bridges, tunnels, and other civil projects.
  • Specialty trade contractors: specialized techniques such as carpentry, painting, plumbing, and electrical work.

A separate study conducted by the Bureau to determine highest rate of fatal construction injuries by state and segment of construction industry, concluded that:

  • Florida had 33 accidents related to the construction of buildings
  • Texas had 31 accidents related to heavy and civil engineering construction
  • California had 70 accidents related to specialty trade contractors

Each of these represents the highest number of accidents in each field of construction as categorized by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Other common construction injuries include falls from scaffolding or elevated platforms, danger of being struck constriction vehicles or machinery, crane accidents, falling debris or objects, and/or injuries resulting from defective machinery. Construction work has the highest rate for work time loss due to injury of all the major economic sectors in the United States and injuries in the industry account for billions of dollars in losses to workers, contractors, and productivity each year.

Because of the dangerous nature of the work and the constant exposure to precarious situations, eliminating workplace accidents from the construction industry is difficult at best. However, that does not mean that you are expected to suffer without recompense. You could be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and other related expenses incurred due to your injury.

One of our qualified and experienced construction injury lawyers can make sure you get the compensation you deserve. You are entitled to the best professional representation under the law.

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