Many construction accidents are caused by unsafe workplace conditions, faulty equipment, and lack of supervision. Construction companies fail to provide safe work conditions, thus endangering the safety of their employees. These companies must meet the standards set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA.) If these standards are not met, companies may be held accountable.
Those injured in construction accidents can face large medical bills, loss of income, and other financial setbacks. When an accident occurs, an injured worker may be eligible to receive workers compensation. Unfortunately, workers compensation does not always generate the compensation needed for daily tasks. At this point, it is necessary to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer.
If you or a loved one is working in an unsafe construction area, please read on for facts and the litigation surrounding construction accidents.
Facts about Construction Accidents:
- OSHA has reported that one in ten construction site workers are injured every year. They also report 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 Bureau of Labor Statistics. They 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.
- The 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.
- Fifteen percent of workers’ compensation costs are spent on workers who were injured while at a construction site.
- In October of 2008 a New York construction company and individuals within the company have been indicted on multiple corruption charges. The indictments came after two crane collapses earlier this year that left nine people dead and sent the Buildings Department reeling.
- A New York construction worker who was injured on a demolition project has settled his case for $4.9 million.
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