What are the most common causes of construction worker injuries?
Construction workers perform a vital role in our society, creating and repairing essential homes, buildings, infrastructures, and more. While working in construction can be exciting and rewarding, those in the construction industry are at risk of injury while on the job. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), nearly 5,000 workers were killed on the job in 2015, and 21.4 percent of these deaths were in the construction industry. Construction remains one of the most dangerous professions in California and thousands of workers will be injured in construction accidents annually.
Types of Construction Accidents
OSHA statistics reveal that four types of construction accidents are responsible for more than half of all deaths. These four accidents are termed the “Fatal Four.” The Fatal Four kill over 600 construction workers every year and injure many more. The most common types of construction accidents are as follows:
- Falls: Falls are the leading cause of construction worker deaths, accounting for nearly 40 percent of deaths in the industry. Construction workers often work at considerable heights using scaffolding or ladders. Falls from these extreme heights can result in serious injury or even death.
- Struck by object: Falling objects are another major risk for those in the construction industry. Equipment, tools, and building material can fall off ladders, scaffolds, and buildings, injuring workers down below.
- Electrocutions: Working around electricity can pose risks, especially if proper safety protocols are not implemented. Electrocutions may strike any construction worker whose job exposes him or her to live electricity.
- Caught-in/between: These types of injuries occur when a construction worker is caught in or compressed by equipment or other objects involved in the job and becomes stuck, crushed, or caught. With the amount of heavy machinery used in the construction industry, crush accidents are a major concern.
Compensation for Injured Construction Workers
Construction workers injured on the job may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits under California law, which could include coverage for your medical expenses and a portion of your lost wages. At times, injured construction workers may also have a valid personal injury claim against a negligent third party, such as the maker of a defective piece of equipment. Contact J&Y Law Firm after your accident to find out more about your legal rights.