While most people recognize that construction sites pose many workplace risks, many do not realize just how dangerous the construction industry is. In fact, the construction industry has the highest fatality rate of any industry in the United States. This translates into almost 800 deaths per year, 100 more than the next most dangerous industry – transportation. Within the construction industry itself, general construction workers are at greatest risk for on the job injuries and fatalities.
What makes these statistics even more troubling is that according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the majority of these work place accidents could have been prevented. Safety guidelines exist that if followed would prevent the occurrence of many of the main causes of construction site accidents, including falls and electrocutions.
Further, the effects of any construction site injury on a worker may be serious and have potential life-long consequences resulting in significant medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering. Serious accidents may even lead to the loss of your ability to work in your chosen career. If you have suffered an injury, consulting with an experienced construction accident attorney is important to begin an investigation into the incident and help determine your next steps.
A number of factors help determine liability when construction accidents occur. These include issues such as whether the general contractor provided a safe work environment, and whether other sub-contractors on the job acted in a safe and responsible manner. A further consideration is whether the careless or negligent actions of a third party caused or contributed to the incident.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident, contact the experienced Oakland construction accident attorneys at Butler Viadro, LLP for an immediate consultation, and to help you recover the compensation you deserve.