Workplace accidents are common in every occupation. However, there are particular occupations where workplace accidents cause severe and catastrophic injuries. One occupation where the chances of acquiring a catastrophic injury are greater is the construction industry. In fact, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there were about 20 percent of worker fatalities in 2019 due to construction, resulting in one in five fatalities for the year. Consult with a West Chester construction accident attorney from the Dan Doyle Law Group if you have been injured on a construction site.
Causes of Construction Accidents
One common form of negligence that leads to construction site accidents is the need for employers to put profits and work schedules before the safety of the construction workers. Employers may ignore safety issues or safety precautions in an attempt to complete a project in a certain amount of time. Some of the common causes of construction site accidents include:
- Unsafe equipment
- Lack of protection against falling objects
- Tripping hazards from construction debris
- Missing protections on construction equipment like power tools
- Lack of protection for workers in trenches
- Unsafe property conditions
Types of Construction Accidents
A construction site is one of the riskiest workplaces. Construction workers are faced with many obstacles that can cause significant injuries due to the company or another worker’s negligence. Some of the common injuries construction workers can obtain on a construction site include:
- Falling from heights: These accidents happen when construction workers fall from a building, piece of machinery, holes, or ditches on the construction site.
- Electric shock: There are many opportunities for construction workers to suffer from electrical shock working with power tools, defective machinery, generators, or electrical wiring.
- Burns: Electrical burns can happen when an electrical current travels through a construction worker’s body. In addition to burns, these currents can cause a construction worker to experience damage to the soft tissues and major organs.
- Repetitive motion injuries: These types of injuries happen when a construction worker’s body is repeatedly performing the same tasks over and over again, causing wear and tear on certain muscles and soft tissues and limiting mobility in the future.
Types of Injuries From Construction Accidents
The injuries that construction workers sustain from construction accidents can be serious, and in some cases fatal. Some of these injuries include:
With some accidents such as trench collapses, a construction worker may experience suffocation when a trench collapses and cuts off the construction worker’s air supply. Construction workers can also experience sudden death with particular workplace accidents like falling from heights, electric shocks, trench collapses, or even being struck by another object by a fellow construction worker.
Contact a West Chester Construction Accident Attorney Today
If you or a loved one were involved in a construction site accident, you are entitled to fair compensation for your injuries. While you focus on recovering, allow a West Chester construction accident attorney to fight for justice on your behalf. Call the Dan Doyle Law Group today at 215-987-3730 or fill out our contact form for a free consultation.