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Construction Accidents and Injuries: What You Need to Know

Construction sites are inherently dangerous places, with workers facing a wide range of potential hazards every day. Despite strict safety regulations and enhancements in safety measures, accidents and injuries continue to occur at an alarming rate.

Common Construction Accidents

Four Categories of Common Construction Accidents

According to a recent report, the most common construction accidents and injuries can be grouped into four main categories:

Electrical Incidents: These accidents occur when workers come into contact with power lines or when equipment, including extension cords, is used improperly. Proper training and safety measures can help prevent these incidents.

Trip and Falls: Falls from heights are a major concern on construction sites. Injuries often occur due to poorly constructed scaffolds, unprotected sides, or improper use of ladders. Ensuring proper fall protection is crucial in reducing these accidents.

Struck-by Accidents: Cranes and trucks are the main culprits in the majority of struck-by accidents and fatalities. Falling objects and collapsing walls can also strike workers, causing serious injuries. Proper safety equipment and maintenance can help mitigate these risks.

 Trenching and Excavation Accidents: While cave-ins are a well-known risk in trenching and excavation work, other hazards include lack of oxygen, toxic fumes, and drowning. Adhering to safety protocols is essential in preventing these accidents.

OSHA Safety Violations and Construction Injuries

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) plays a crucial role in ensuring the safety of construction workers. OSHA listed falls, struck-by incidents, caught-in/between accidents, and electrocutions as the “Fatal Four” leading causes of fatalities in the construction industry.

OSHA also noted preventive safety measures to reduce these incidents and helping reduce injuries and fatalities with each hazard:

Falls

  • Using proper fall protection equipment is critical
  • Perimeter protection and covering openings prevents falls
  • Ladders and scaffolds must be used properly

Struck-by

  • Avoiding positioning between moving and fixed objects
  • High-visibility clothing helps equipment operators see workers

Caught-in/between

  • Trenches over 5 ft deep require protective systems
  • Proper sloping, shoring, benching or shields are needed

Electrocutions

  • Locating utilities before digging to avoid contact
  • Maintaining safe distances from overhead power lines
  • Using GFCIs and grounding tools
  • Being cautious of electrical hazards when working at heights

These violations highlight the importance of proper safety training, equipment maintenance, and adherence to OSHA regulations in preventing construction accidents and injuries.

What to Do If You’re Injured in a Construction Accident

If you’ve been injured in a construction accident, it’s essential to take the following steps:

  1. Seek medical attention immediately, even if your injuries seem minor.
  2. Report the accident to your employer and document the incident thoroughly.
  3. Gather evidence, including photos of the accident scene and witness statements, if possible.
  4. Consult with a skilled construction accident attorney who can help you understand your rights and pursue the compensation you deserve.

Construction accidents can have devastating consequences for workers and their families. By understanding the most common types of accidents and injuries, as well as the importance of adhering to safety regulations, we can work together to create safer work environments for all construction professionals.

Contact Omni Injury and Accident Law, P.C. Today

Contact Omni Injury and Accident Law, P.C. if you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident. It’s essential to act promptly to seek the legal guidance you need to protect your rights and secure the compensation you deserve. To set up an initial consultation you can contact our office at 646-736-4184.

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