It goes without saying that construction sites can be a dangerous area for anyone in the vicinity. There are plenty of signs offering warnings to those passing through or by a construction site and a handful of safety requirements for those working on site. At least, those are a few things that should always be in place with a construction site in order to keep its workers, and others, safe at all times.
Unfortunately, not all workers remain safe at all times while on a construction site as a handful of recent statistics demonstrate.
According to a report from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), in 2015 there were 4,836 workers killed on the job — 937 of which were under construction. That means just over 21% of fatalities in private industry were construction site related.
Accidents can happen in multiple ways while on site but a few of the leading causes of injury or death are as follows:
- Falls – one of the most common types of injuries on a construction site, workers are at risk from falls from high objects like ladders, scaffolding, roofs, etc.
- Falling objects – another common hazard on site are objects falling from heights. These objects can range from unsecured materials or equipment to tools being used by other workers.
- Defective equipment – this can be one of the more surprising incidents to occur as defective equipment can strike at any moment. Maybe a forklift failed to work properly or a handheld tool misfired, causing an injury.
- Being crushed or run over – with so many large construction vehicles and equipment on site, there is a risk of being run over, backed over or even crushed while on a construction site. Workers have been injured or killed by being crushed by equipment or even pinned between a vehicle and a hard surface.
Other construction site accidents can be the result of fires, negligent security, lack of available safety equipment, explosions or even collapsing buildings or trenches. When all is said and done, construction sites put workers at a great risk of being injured or even killed on the job. Besides death, injuries can range from brain injuries to amputations to broken bones or spinal cord injuries.
It is important to know the types of legal avenues an injured worker could take in the event of a construction site accident. There are personal injury cases, product liability cases and even third party claims that could handle injuries sustained due to one of the aforementioned incidents.
If you or a loved one has been injured on a New Jersey construction site it is imperative you acquire an experienced and dedicated lawyer to discuss your case. Set up a free consultation with Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza PC in Hazlet and East Brunswick to speak with a lawyer about your construction site accident today.
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