Construction workers engage in daily activities that put their safety in jeopardy. From dealing with dangerous chemicals to operating large machinery to completing tasks on high beams—the trade is full of hazards. Not to mention construction sites are inherently dangerous places with dozens of workers all working on different projects, at the same time, all under the pressures finish their jobs on time. All of these factors contribute to making a construction worker one of the most dangerous jobs. The following are answers to the most frequently asked questions Oklahoma residents have regarding construction site accidents:
What are the most common causes of injuries and/or death on construction sites?
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration or OSHA, the four leading culprits of injury or death on construction sites are: falls, electrocutions, being hit by an object, and being stuck in or between objects. Together the so called “fatal four” are responsible for more than 50 percent of construction site injuries. Falls alone contribute to 40 percent of all construction site deaths.
How common are construction site accidents?
Unfortunately, construction site accidents are more common than most people realize. In any given year it is estimated that close to 20 percent of all work place deaths occurred on construction sites. OSHA estimates that 4,679 workers were killed on the job in 2014 alone. That equates to more than 12 workers killed every day of the year.
What are the most common construction site injuries?
Due to the hazardous nature of construction work, the injuries are usually quite serious. Workers who are injured on construction sites suffer a variety of injuries, including but not limited to:
- Traumatic brain or head injuries
- Permanent disfiguration
- Loss of limbs, fingers and/or toes
- Internal injuries
- Spinal cord injuries including paralysis
- Hearing loss
- Serious burns from fire or chemicals
I was injured in a construction site accident but I am not sure who is liable?
Construction accidents can be very complicated. Unlike a car accident with Driver A and Driver B, there are many more entities at play at any given construction site, which makes determining the liable party or parties challenging. So do not think that when you meet with an attorney for the first time that it is your job to know who is liable for your injuries. Your attorney will review your case and decide the parties that can be held accountable.
Is workers compensation my only option for compensation?
The answer to this question, is that it depends on the particular facts of the injured person’s case. In some instances a person is limited to the amount he or she receives from workers compensation. In other cases, the person may be entitled to pursue an award of damages if he or she was injured by someone other than a co-worker or employer.
Why the Handley Law Center?
If you or a loved one was seriously injured while working on a construction accident it is important to seek the advice of experienced Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys. At The Handley Law Center our attorneys will take the time to provide you with a thorough review of your case. After which our attorneys will discuss with your rights and explain your legal options. To schedule a free and completely confidential consultation with one of our seasoned injury attorneys, contact The Handley Law Center today at (405) 295-1924. Our team of dedicated injury attorneys will work diligently to make sure you receive proper compensation for your injuries. Trust The Handley Law Center to provide you with quality legal services.