Why is construction work so dangerous?
The existence of heavy machinery and equipment on a job site can cause hazards to workers, who may be injured due to slip and fall accidents, falling equipment, faulty scaffolding, electrocution, malfunctioning equipment, and OSHA safety violations. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) statistics indicate that in the past 20 years or so, fatality and injury rates have fallen significantly in almost every other occupation except construction. Construction workers have one of the most dangerous jobs in the United States, and injuries at construction sites are usually very serious and often result in fatalities. If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction site accident, you should contact our experienced Dallas construction accident lawyers at Polewski & Associates today. These cases can involve multiple parties and can be very complicated. We have both the knowledge and resources necessary to try win these cases.
What are common construction site injuries?
Our clients have suffered a variety of serious workplace injuries including brain injury, shoulder injury, neck and back injury, loss of limbs, loss of hearing or vision, mesothelioma, electrocution/shock, and burn injury. We have also represented the families of men and women killed in construction accidents. These wrongful death claims are heart wrenching because in most cases, the accident that caused their death could have been prevented had proper care and safety precautions been taken.
Who is responsible for regulating safety on construction sites?
OSHA is responsible for creating and enforcing rules and regulations that oversee worker safety. Employers and supervisors on construction sites are expected to maintain OSHA regulations. In some cases, these regulations may be further reinforced by state and local agencies.
What are some common unsafe factors on construction sites?
Construction zones are hazardous for workers who can fall victim to improperly maintained or cleaned workplaces, inclement weather, scaffolding that is not secure, weak floors/roofs, unsafe electrical equipment, and so on. However, the most dangerous factor in an unsafe workplace is inexperience or lack of training in workers who fail to maintain a safe workplace for others. Due to workload and deadlines, supervisors may not always take the time to properly train new employees on how to use heavy, dangerous equipment, and if scaffolding is not properly maintained and checked every day, falls are bound to happen.
If you live in Dallas or anywhere in northern Texas and have been injured in a construction accident, please contact the experienced construction accident lawyers at Polewski & Associates today to schedule a confidential, no-cost consultation.