While there is potential for serious injuries to occur in many different
industries, one of the most dangerous is the construction industry. Due
to ongoing projects and an increase in new construction, construction
sites are arising all over the nation and more workers are entering the
industry. Unfortunately, this translates to more risk and more potential
accidents. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration
(OSHA), in 2014, there were 899 construction fatalities out of the 4,386
total workplace fatalities . That is equal to 20.5% of the total fatalities,
or one in every five worker deaths.
These are some of the top causes of worker fatalities in the construction industry:
New construction projects, renovations, demolitions, and other construction
jobs involve electrical wiring. When the electricity is not controlled
carefully or the wiring is done incorrectly, the risk of electrocution
dramatically increases. In 2014, electrocutions resulted in 74 of the
899 construction worker fatalities, or 8.2%.
Caught In / In-Between Accidents
There are many moving parts on a construction site. Heavy equipment, vehicles,
machinery, and more can all pose a threat to the workers on the site.
For instance, if a machine falls to its side and lands on a person, they
may be caught underneath it. These types of accidents can result in serious
internal injuries. This is similar to moving vehicles when the operator
is not paying close attention to his or her surroundings. Of the 899 construction
worker fatalities in 2014, these types of incidents contributed to 39
deaths, or 4.3%.
Struck By Object
Construction sites often have large scaffolds with workers using various
tools and machinery high above the ground. Maintaining balance is challenging
enough in this situation, but adding tools and machinery to the mix makes
the work even more hazardous. In 2014, 73 construction worker fatalities
(8.1%) resulted when the worker was struck by an object. This includes
tools falling from heights caused by workers carrying items and not paying
Construction workers often work high off the ground, which inherently presents
a serious fall hazard. This is especially the case when the worker is
not provided the proper safety equipment to work safely high off the ground,
such as harnesses and sturdy railings. In 2014, falls at construction
sites accounted for nearly 40% of all construction worker deaths, or 359
of the 899 total fatalities.
Together, these are often referred to as the “fatal four” in
the construction industry and account for the majority of the fatalities
that occur on construction sites. It is important to know what causes
these types of incidents, as well as what legal help is available to you
if you have been injured.
Houston Construction Accident Attorney
At Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs, our Houston construction accident
lawyers have the skills, knowledge, and experience to represent individuals
who have been harmed on a construction site. We also represent families
who have lost loved ones as a result of fatal construction accidents.
It is important to have someone on your side who is determined to help
you and knows how to handle these types of cases. We encourage you to
learn more about your legal options and how our firm can put together
a strategy based on your specific needs.
Contact our firm today and speak with us about your potential lawsuit.