There is an elevated level of danger associated with construction work, and that makes it essential to follow safety regulations. Ignoring proper precautions or violating protocols can lead to serious injury or death.
However, accidents occur every day on job sites. If you have suffered an on-the-job injury, a construction accident attorney may be able to help you get what you deserve.
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Elements of a construction area, such as equipment, machinery and hazardous materials, put a person’s safety at risk. Common construction accidents include:
Connecticut statistics show that every year approximately 40,000 workers are injured on residential construction sites.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has several regulations in place to prevent worker injuries. Many of the construction accidents that occur could be prevented if rules are properly enforced. Safety topics include:
In addition to the number of worker injuries that occur from onsite construction accidents, roadway work zones pose hazards for workers who build, repair, and maintain the country’s bridges and highways. In 2013, 405 of these workers were killed on the job – more than one worker every day, on average.
Transportation-related construction accidents accounted for 76 percent of work zone fatalities, with the following occupations making up 75 percent of occupational deaths:
A case involving a construction accident can be complex. A full investigation is necessary to put together conclusive evidence to support the claim. Eyewitness accounts, construction site setup and potential OSHA violations are all parts of the case that need to be explored.
An attorney with construction accident experience has access to resources that help piece together photographs, interviews, employee documentation, and other materials necessary to build a strong case.