According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administrations’
FY 2013, it is believed that close to 300 construction workers died on the job
as a result of an accidental fall. That’s not counting those workers
who fell but managed to survive the incident. The list of people most
likely to be involved in those types of fatal and non-fatal
construction accidents includes power-line installers, roofers, iron workers, sheet metal experts
and general laborers. Their collective risk tends to be elevated because
their job descriptions typically involve working on multi-story buildings
or scaling high poles and fences.
Of course falls are not the only risks that await hard working construction
crews. It is also possible that they may become involved in accidental
electrocutions, struck-by and caught-in incidents as well as other potentially
deadly scenarios. Sometimes the construction accidents may be attributed
to the employers’ actions or failure to act. In other situations,
the blame may rest with faulty construction equipment, a building’s
structural defects, acts of nature, non-construction personnel or the
injured employee. For instance, perhaps he or she had an undiagnosed medical
condition that caused vertigo or a lack of muscle control to occur.
Either way, the injuries that are likely to happen as a direct result of
construction accidents are apt to be quite severe. The list of examples
includes, but doesn’t end with compound fractures to the upper or
lower extremities, traumatic brain injuries, amputation, spinal cord injuries,
internal bleeding and third degree burns. Understandably, they are the
types of injuries that have the potential to cause construction workers
to lose more than just their health. They could also end up without income
and their personal independence.
With that said, if you or a loved one is injured in a construction accident, please
contact us. At Odegaard Braukmann Law, we readily offer free case evaluations and
have 75+ years experience assisting construction workers and their families
in the pursuit of justice.