The construction industry is one of the most dangerous in the nation; construction workers are injured at a rate that is greater than injuries to workers in nearly any other industry type. At the offices of the Rooth Law Firm, P.A., our experienced workers’ compensation and Social Security disability lawyer can help you to understand your rights if you have been involved in an injury-causing construction accident. Reach out to our law firm today to learn more.
Construction Workers at High Risk of Injury and Death
According to one data source, in a given year in the United States (2016), there were over 10 million workers in the U.S. construction industry. Out of 4,693 worker deaths that occurred that year overall, over 20% of them — 991 deaths — involved workers in the construction industry. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there are four primary causes of construction worker injury and death:
- Falls: Falls are the leading cause of construction worker death, accounting for one-third of total fatalities in this industry, according to theS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- Struck by object: Another leading cause of construction worker injury and death is that of being struck by an object. This might include a piece of machinery, a falling object, or a tool.
- Electrocutions: Being electrocuted can result in serious and fatal injuries, and accounted for just over 7% of construction worker deaths in 2017.
- Caught-in/between: Large pieces of machinery and equipment in the construction industry pose hazards, including the risk of getting caught in or in-between a piece of equipment. Accidents of this nature accounted for just over 5% of construction worker deaths in 2017.
Causes of Construction Worker Injuries and Deaths
The above accidents are usually completely preventable. Some of the top reasons that construction worker-involved accidents occur include:
- Lack of safety training;
- Lack of fall protection;
- Unsafe conditions;
- Defective machinery, tools, or equipment;
- Missing guards on power tools;
- Lack of safety equipment; and
- Lack of supervision.
Remedies for Construction Workers Injured on the Job
Being involved in a construction accident can be a terrifying experience, especially if serious injuries result. Our New Port Richey, Florida board-certified lawyer can help you after a construction accident. If your accident occurred at work, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. We can help you to file your claim for benefits, recover your maximum compensation award, and navigate tough issues in workers’ compensation claims, such as being denied benefits or being released back to work before you are ready.
In addition to the above, we also practice Social Security disability law. If your injuries have resulted in a permanent disability that precludes you from working, you may be eligible for federal benefits. Our lawyer can help you with your application.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
Even workers who engage in safe practices at a construction site can be at risk of suffering severe or even fatal injuries. If you have been hurt, our lawyer is here to help. Call the Rooth Law Firm, P.A. today or send us a message to schedule your free consultation.