If you work at a construction site, you can be exposed to variety of construction accidents. With the normal beehive of activity, different trades are working side-by-side and often on top of one another, accidents abound at every turn. Activity may be taking place above or below you, heavy rolling equipment passes within a few feet or you may be working in a 6 foot deep trench. All of these conditions can pose a serious threat to you and your family.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2010, there were 780 fatalities at construction sites. In 2009 there were 687,250 reported cases of work-related injuries. 48% involved sprains and strains and tears, 25% were injuries to the back and 27% involved falls. If you have had a construction related accident or you have lost someone whom you loved in a construcion accident, contact a seasoned Tulsa Construction Accident Lawyer, who will assist you in your pursuit of justice.
Some Information About the Various Types of Construction Accidents
There are numerous types of construction accidents that can occur. The most common ones are as follows:
- Strains and Sprains – Lifting and moving of heavy objects can cause debilitating effects on your body. Time away from the job, loss of pay and medical bill can incur.
- Scaffolding Falls – Scaffolding systems which lack proper enclosure devices can contribute to scaffolding falls.
- Scaffolding Collapses — Inadequately designed or constructed scaffolding can collapse under the weight of workers, tools, and materials.
- Roof Falls — Roof Falls constitute a serious threat to the even the most experienced worker. Having the right equipment is paramount to avoiding injuries.
- Holes in Floors — During construction holes in floors are commonplace. They should be protected by properly constructed barriers or be covered with structurally adequate material.
- Falling Objects — Any time work is being performed overhead there is risk of injury from falling objects. The object may be a small as a 1/4 inch washer or as large as a steel I-beam
- Trench Collapses — Even working in a relatively shallow unsupported trench can present risks. Soil weighs over 100 pounds per cubic foot and can easily crush or suffocate a worker.
- Electric Shock/Electrocution — Electrical lines either overhead or underground carry the risk of electrical shock or death when it contacted or severed by mechanical equipment.
- Collapsed Building/Walls – Partially constructed buildings and unsupported walls should be braced to prevent collapse as a result of wind or foundation failure.
- Encounters with Moving Equipment — Equipment should employ backup warning devices, and in close proximity to workers, a flagman should be provided.
- Highway Traffic — If the construction site is adjacent to highway traffic, proper barriers and flagman should be utilized to protect the worker.
- Hazardous Material — Chemicals and solvents are used frequently on job sites. Care must always be given to the manner in which they are used and stored. Often they are flammable and could cause serious injury. Eye protection is always prudent.
If you have been involved in a construction accident contact a Tulsa Construction Accident Lawyer who will analyze your case and help you obtain proper compensation for your injury.