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Construction Accidents: Second Most Dangerous Industry

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

The construction industry provides many opportunities for workers across a variety of trades.  It also offers excellent career earning opportunities.  However, construction is not without risk, leading almost all other industries in work-related injuries and deaths. 

California workers understand that on job injury accidents and deaths make the construction industry the second most dangerous in the nation. 

Fortunately, California construction accident attorneys are working diligently to hold construction contractors and insurance companies responsible for work-place injury and deaths, seeking maximum compensation for injured workers and wrongful death cases. 

Construction Fatalities and The Fatal Four

A recently released OSHA study revealed that 1 in 5 work-related deaths happens in construction. While transportation accidents lead in work-related injury and wrongful deaths, other causes of injury accidents common in construction emerged to become known as The Fatal Four:

Not surprisingly, the Fatal Four correlate to some of the most commonly reported OSHA violations in the construction industry. Included among the most frequently reported safety violations were:

  • Fall protection
  • Scaffolding requirements
  • Control of hazardous energy
  • Ladder safety
  • Fall Protection Training
  • Machinery and Machine Guarding

In further consideration of construction-related fatalities, the CDC notes that nearly half of all construction site fatalities occur in companies with ten or fewer employees. This statistic could reflect smaller companies’ reluctance to invest in preventative safety education and practices that might significantly reduce or eliminate many construction-related deaths. 

Reducing Construction Related-Injuries and Deaths

In response to the comparatively high injury and mortality rate in the construction work-place, construction companies must be made accountable for implementing appropriate safety measures and compensating victims they disadvantage in the work-place. 

  • Education initiatives and health and safety training, coupled with regular safety compliance inspections, are valuable components for reducing industry-related risks.  
  • The benefits of increased awareness and training translate directly to worker safety and indirectly to cost savings for the employer.  
  • Eliminating identifiable hazards, such as falls, dangerous objects, and electrocutions, construction companies can effectively reduce a company’s exposure against work-related injury incidents.  

Whether a company is compelled to institute new work-place safety initiatives by an outside entity, reinforces existing protocols by igniting additional training, or is focused on minimizing financial payouts for work-related injury claims, safety must become a top and consistent priority.  

Contact a California Construction Accident Attorney Today

While increased awareness of construction-related work injuries and deaths has led to new protocols and work-place guidelines to improve worker safety, construction remains a leading industry of work-place injuries and death. 

If you or someone you know has been injured in a California construction accident, you need someone to advocate for your rights. Construction accident attorneys prove an invaluable resource for workers seeking justice and compensation for their injuries. 

Experienced construction accident lawyers are versed in conducting thorough case investigations, preparing claims, and arguing to win maximum damages for your injuries. 

Reach out to a California construction accident attorney today for a comprehensive case review to pursue the compensation you deserve.  

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.