Whether building a single-family home or a high-rise condominium complex, both residential and commercial construction sites are dangerous. Workers can fall from high places, be struck by construction equipment, or crushed by building materials, and the results of such accidents can be catastrophic. According to the Occupation Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) statistics, 5,250 workers died on the job in 2018. These statistics amount to more than 100 a week or more than 14 deaths every day on average.
OSHA statistics further note that out of 4,779 worker fatalities in private industry in the calendar year 2018, 1,008 or 21.1% were in construction, demonstrating that one in five worker deaths last year were in construction. The leading causes of private sector worker deaths (excluding highway collisions) in the construction industry were falls, followed by struck by an object, electrocution, and caught-in/between. These "Fatal Four" were responsible for more than half (58.6%) of the construction worker deaths in 2018.
Given the prevalence of construction site injuries in the US, if you, a friend, acquaintance, or family member is injured on a construction site, the injured party owes it to him or herself to contract an experienced personal injury attorney. Even though direct claims against the worker’s employer may be barred by state worker’s compensation laws, actions against third parties generally are not.
So, if the worker is hurt by someone other than their employer, a subcontractor, materialman, or other third-party, please give us a call to discuss the facts of the accident. If we think there is some way to help, the first consultation is always free. Remember, we do not get paid until we win your case!