Construction accidents injure and kill hundreds of thousands of people every year. Construction is considered one of the three most dangerous occupations in the U.S.. A 1992 Bureau of Labor Statistics report revealed that the lost-workday case rate for the construction industry was 5.7 per 100 full-time workers – the highest of any major economic sector. A more specialized area of law, personal injury involving construction accidents have increased in recent years due to the failure of construction companies to adhere to safety rules implemented by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that would prevent construction accidents from occurring at such a high rate.
A construction accident can be the result of many different factors, involving:
- Fires and explosions
- Lifting-equipment failure
- electrocution and shock
- ladder or roof related falls
- collapsing structure
- welding accidents
- inadequate warning of dangerous conditions
- crane accidents
- and injuries due to the activities of another contractor.
All these types of construction accidents expose construction workers to a wide variety of hazards. The high number of hazards is why construction workers face the greatest risk of work- related injury or fatality than any other U.S. employee thus enduring high numbers of construction accidents.
Construction accidents most often affect the lower back and shoulders by lifting, knees, hips, and shoulders by awkward postures, wrists through repetitive motions, and fingers and wrists due to hand tools.
If you or a loved one have been injured on a construction site, call The Law Office of Kerry H. Collins and Associates for a free evaluation. We’ll make sure you get the attention you deserve.