In spite of the strict state safety regulations associated with construction work, it remains one of the most dangerous professions, with falls representing the most common type of accident experienced by workers. Since high elevations often play a role in these falls, the results can be disastrous to workers who sustain serious injuries, disabilities and fatalities.
About 5,711,000 individuals were employed as construction workers in the U.S. at the end of 2011. Of this number, 781 workers suffered fatalities in work-related incidents, but nearly four workers per 100 sustained on-the-job injuries, resulting in days away from work, job restrictions or transfers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. A significant number of injuries are caused by the use of power tools and large equipment. However, the majority of construction accidents pertain to falls caused by unsafe conditions, such as:
- Slick surfaces that cause workers to slip and fall
- Stairwells lacking railings
- Improperly used stepladders
- Working on roofs without appropriate fall protection
- Scaffolding that does not meet state safety regulations or is improperly used
Any number of parties — including workers — can be ultimately responsible for these and other construction site accidents. However, most injured workers can turn to workers’ compensation to pursue funds to cover medical expenses and other longer-term costs associated with their injuries. Additionally, some workers can file personal injury claims against any responsible parties not associated with their employer. For example, if a worker falls due to the collapse of defective scaffolding, the manufacturer may be liable for the accident.
With many potential factors affecting a construction site accident, injured workers should seek knowledgeable advice from an experienced Oklahoma workers’ compensation attorney at Stipe Law Firm who also understands personal injury law. The right guidance can make a notable difference in ensuring you receive the compensation you deserve. Contact us today.