Every year, millions of construction workers around the United States suffer accidents. In fact, just being in the vicinity of a construction site substantially increases your risk of injury. Many times, construction accidents have long-lasting medical repercussions that can be very serious.
California and Texas are estimated to have the highest number of construction-related deaths nationwide: In a recent year, the figure was 142 for Texas and 81 for California. Sixty percent of Texas construction workers surveyed in 2013 claimed they had never received basic safety training.
Some of the most common worksite accidents include:
Falls from Scaffolding and Ladders
Unsound scaffolding and ladders account for the majority of construction site falls. Unstable objects must be kept away from equipment that workers will use for support. Safe scaffolding must have appropriate safety features, such as guardrails, mid-rails and toe-boards. If an accident occurs, it is important to be able to demonstrate that the scaffolding or ladder was not safe.
Trench collapses can occur suddenly and may be fatal. Different standards for trenching apply to rock, clay, gravel, sand and other materials. A stable means of exit, like a ladder, should require no more than 25 feet of lateral travel to access. Establishing the cause of a trench collapse, and that it occurred due to another’s recklessness or negligence, is crucial in a case.
Crane and Equipment Failures
Around heavy equipment, there is always a risk of danger. Workers might be struck by overhead loads or caught in a crane’s swing radius. In many cases, accidents become virtually inevitable because operators or safety personnel fail to inspect the device before use. When the victim can show that not all procedures were followed, it substantially strengthens an accident case.
The specifics of chemical hazards are communicated at multiple levels throughout a facility. For example, there may be specific signage in the area and warnings on the container itself. There is also the need to maintain a clear, accurate Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) that explains all relevant safety issues. Failure at any of these levels and more can contribute to an accident.
Have You Suffered an Accident on a Construction Site? See a Construction Accident Lawyer Right Away
Construction accidents happen every day, and construction site injuries are no laughing matter. Personal injury attorneys Nguyen & Chen can provide you with the legal expertise you need to pursue the compensation you may be entitled to as a result of your injury.
It’s important to follow all safety precautions at a construction site, including the use of personal protective equipment. Even if you feel you might have contributed to an accident in some way, it’s crucial to speak to a lawyer. Contact us today to learn more.