Although the construction industry provides millions of jobs to people in the U.S. and is an important part of the national economy, it does have a negative side, particularly when it comes to the worker perspective and risks associated with this industry.
Focusing in on this dark side of the construction industry, in this two-part blog series, we will highlight some interesting facts to know about the causes and injuries caused by construction accidents in the U.S. each year.
While these findings from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are as important as they are enlightening, workers hurt in a construction accident can turn to the trusted Colorado workers’ compensation lawyers at the Law Office of Michael P. Dominick for experienced help obtaining the benefits they likely deserve.
The Causes of Construction Accidents
Construction accidents can be caused by any number factors. However, nearly 60 percent of all fatal construction accidents in the U.S. are caused by the following factors:
- Falling, which causes nearly 37 percent of fatal construction accidents – Issues like failing to properly set up scaffolding and misusing ladders are among the risk factors for fatal falls at construction sites.
- Being hit by an object, which contributes to more than 10 percent of fatal construction accidents – Falling objects, as well as motor vehicle accidents, are risk factors for these types of construction accidents.
- Being electrocuted, which plays a role in causing about 9 percent of fatal construction accidents – Failing to properly set up and/or use heavy machinery is a prominent risk factor for these construction accidents.
- Being caught or trapped between objects, which results in nearly 3 percent of fatal construction accidents – Failing to properly set up trenches, dig sites and/or their related protective systems commonly contributes to these construction accidents.
This has led to OSHA deeming the above-listed four factors as the “fatal four” of the construction industry.
You can get some more important info about construction accidents in the upcoming second part of this blog series. It’ll be published in early March, so don’t miss it!
Colorado Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at the Law Office of Michael P. Dominick
Have you been hurt at work? If so, you cannot rely upon your employer or insurance companies to look out for your best interests. In fact, both your employer and insurance companies will be more focused on their own bottom lines instead of your current and future wellbeing. This can make the system adversarial for injured workers and potentially even put them in situations in which their legitimate workers’ compensation claims are undercut or even flat-out denied.
In such cases, it’s essential that injured workers contact the Colorado workers’ compensation lawyers at the Law Office of Michael P. Dominick. Our legal professionals are experienced at going up against corporate lawyers and insurance companies, and we have a proven track record of success when it comes to securing our Clients the maximum possible compensation for their injuries and financial losses.
Contact Us Today
For a thorough evaluation of your case, along with expert advice on the best manner in which to move forward, call us at (303) 447-2644.