Construction Accidents

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When you work at a construction site, you should be able to assume that all safety precautions and measures have been taken by your employer. You should also be able to assume that your co-workers have been properly trained, the equipment you are using is functioning correctly, and you are not in danger. All too often, however, this is not the case. In reality, tens of thousands of construction injuries occur each year, many leading to death.

While many of these injuries are caused by simple accidents, others could have been prevented if not for the carelessness or negligence of someone else. Safety regulations are ignored. Dangerous equipment is not serviced. Employees are not properly trained. Dangerous areas are not marked.

According to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”), a total of 4,340 fatal work injuries were recorded in the United States in 2009.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has reported that one in ten construction site workers are injured every year. OSHA also reports that fall hazards are the leading cause of injury at construction sites.

There are roughly 150,000 construction site accident injuries each year according to the BLS which also reported that while falls make up the majority of the construction site accidents, contact with equipment was also a significant cause of injury for workers.

Workers between 25 and 34 years old are the most likely to be injured in a construction site accident. Most construction site injuries involve construction workers' backs, spines, and trunks.

The NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) reported in 2005 that 1,224 construction workers died on the job over the course of one year, making the construction industry the most dangerous industry in the country.

A full 15 percent of workers' compensation costs are spent on workers who were injured while at a construction site.

The most common construction and workplace accidents involve:

  • Falls due to improper scaffolding, unsafe ladders, holes in flooring, etc.
  • Equipment accidents and defective machinery such as power tools, improperly guarded machines, crane accidents, forklifts, etc.
  • Arc Flash Explosions
  • Exposure to toxic fumes
  • Vehicle accidents
  • Highway work zone accidents

Construction and workplace accidents may result in broken bones, burns, brain and spinal cord injury and paralysis, accidental amputation and even death.

If you or a family member has been injured in a construction accident, we can help. Please call our Construction Accident - Injury Attorneys - Lawyers now at 612.339.3852 for a free legal consultation.

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Rick L. Petry - Injury Attorney
Petry Law, PA.
Adress: 301 Fourth Avenue South, Suite 378N
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415
Phone: (612) 387-7229
Fax: (612) 545-4989
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