Whether you are a carpenter, an electrician or a steel worker, all the trades have a couple of significant things in common: 1. You are in the Construction industry, and 2. Your job can be dangerous. Most workers within the industry understand the level of hazards for which they need to look out. However, a spouse or relative caring for a loved one who has been involved in a construction accident, or a new business owner making their first steps in brick-and-mortar, may not know exactly what the top hazards are in the construction industry. If this is your situation, or something similar, A to Z Injury Law wants to be your resource.
There are approximately 6.5 million construction workers at over 250,000 construction sites on any given day across the United States. Those sites have a higher fatality rate for injuries than most other workplaces. But why? What makes a construction job more dangerous than others?
Injuries inflicted by equipment
On almost every construction site, getting hit by falling, swinging, or rolling equipment can lead to dangerous injuries. Even if it isn’t your core job, moving a heavy object out of your way may be part of your day just to get to your work. You could be struck by a beam, a vehicle, or other construction equipment. Whether it’s bricks hoisted in the air or a pallet full of pipes on a higher floor, anything above you is going to be tremendously more dangerous if it comes down unexpectedly.
It can be easy to lose track of live wires or nearby powerlines, which explains why electrocution is the 4th leading cause of death for construction workers. Even when an injury isn’t fatal, the pain and injury it inflicts can stay with you for days or even years.
Scaffolds, cranes, trenches, even whole buildings…there are more things capable of collapsing around a construction site than not at times. Cave-ins can sometimes be difficult or impossible to escape from, while a scaffolding or crane collapse can cause extraordinary injuries.
Falling from any height
There need not be a skyscraper involved. Whether you step off a ladder or scaffold wrong, or slip off a single-story roof, or suffer vertigo while in a cherry picker…any situation can go wrong badly and falls from a height are one of the leading causes of fatal accidents on construction sites. If this has happened to you or someone you know, was every precaution taken to guarantee safety?
If you have been injured on the job, or you know someone who has or have any questions about a construction accident, give A to Z Injury Law a call today at (305) 203-4357, or contact us here. You will receive a no-obligation consultation about your case and your rights moving forward.