People suffer injuries or fatalities in a variety of circumstances and locations, and workplace injuries or deaths account for a large portion of the people who are injured in the
According to OSHA, of the 3,929 worker fatalities that were registered in private industry in 2013, 796, or 20.3 percent, were in construction. During the same year, the leading causes of worker fatalities at construction sites were falls (294 or 36.9 percent), struck by object (82 or 10.3 percent), electrocutions (71 or 8.9 percent) and caught-in/between (21 or 2.6 percent). OSHA has referred to these leading causes of death as the “Fatal Four,” and has stressed that eliminating them would save 468 workers’ lives in the United States every year.
There are a variety of hazards or safety standard violations that can set the stage for a workplace fatality or injury, and construction sites can be the venue for many of them. OSHA has detailed the following as the 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards, including a few that apply exclusively to construction, that were violated in fiscal year 2013: fall protection, construction; hazard communication standard, general industry; scaffolding general requirements, construction; respiratory protection, general industry; electrical wiring methods, components and equipment, general industry; powered industrial trucks, general industry; ladders, construction; controls of hazardous energy, general industry; electrical systems design general requirements, general industry; and machinery and machine guarding general requirements, general industry.
With respect to nonfatal injuries and illnesses recorded in private industry, the numbers are significant, including the following most recent statistics from 2012 from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:
- There were 2,976,400 recordable cases of injury or illness in private industry in 2012.
- There were 340,900 cases involving sprains, strains or tears in 2012.
- There were 177,580 cases involving injuries to the back in 2012.
- There were 219,630 cases involving falls, slips or trips in 2012.
Workers, including construction workers, who have suffered and on-the-job injury face an array of issues they have to deal with, not least of which are the medical bills they have to face, their ability to earn a living, and the stress they and their families have to endure. The Brod Law Firm handles cases involving workplace injuries on a contingency fee basis, which means no legal fees are owed if we do not obtain compensation on your behalf. If you or someone close to you has been injured or killed in a construction accident, please call us for a free consultation as soon as possible.
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