At Swope, Rodante P.A., we are proud of the work we’ve done to help our clients who have been injured in construction site accidents receive compensation for their injuries. These types of accidents are complex since they involve state and federal laws and may call for investigation of multiple employer sites with subcontractors. However, our experienced team of trial attorneys may be able to help you determine all sources of liability.
Construction workers labor to build, renovate, and repair our roads, houses, workplaces and schools – they deserve to work in safe conditions. But, all too often, the sites where they work are dangerous. In 2011, the private construction sector had 721 fatal work injuries – the second most fatal work injuries of any industry – with transportation and warehousing industry having the most at 733 fatal injuries, according to preliminary results from the National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.
Overall, the number of fatal work injuries in 2011 declined by 7 percent from the previous year and nearly 42 percent since 2006. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, economic conditions may explain much of this decline. With 721 deaths in 2011, construction work fatalities accounted for 17.5 percent of work related deaths that year. The leading causes of work related deaths on construction sites were:
• Falls – 35%
• Struck by Object – 10%
• Electrocutions – 9%
• Caught-in/between – 3%
The preceding causes of death are commonly referred to as the “Fatal Four.” According to BLS reports, eliminating the Fatal Four would save 410 workers’ lives in America every year. These “Fatal Four” were responsible for 57 percent of construction work related fatalities in 2011.
While accidents do happen, sometimes they could have been prevented if safety regulations were properly followed. If you, or a loved one, have suffered a construction site injury due to someone else’s negligence and would like to find out more about the worth of your case, please contact us.