Amarillo Construction Accidents Lawyers
Workers Call Arnold & Itkin LLP After Preventable Amarillo Construction Accidents
Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) data shows that of all nationwide fatal workplace accidents, 21% of them occurred in the construction industry. About 1 in 10 of every non-fatal workplace accident happened in the construction industry. Construction sites have workplace hazards that make fatalities more common in this industry than any other. The high risks require employers to use safety practices that prevent workers from getting injured. Without proper safety measures to protect workers like you, catastrophic incidents are more likely to occur.
Regardless if workers are in building trenches underground or working near a busy street, they are put in dangerous situations every day. Although construction work is naturally risky, most incidents are preventable through vigilance and commitment to safety practices. These numbers demonstrate that employers are failing to provide the maximum safety procedures for their workers. When that happens, our Amarillo construction accident attorneys will be there to hold them accountable.
Even a small amount of negligence can lead to fatal injuries. If you or a loved one have suffered injuries as a construction worker, you have the right to seek compensation. Our team of lawyers is committed to fighting for your rights, contact us now: (888) 493-1629!
The “Fatal Four” Construction Accidents
Every year OSHA releases an annual research report to identify the most common construction accidents. OSHA identified the most common fatalities as the “Fatal Four.”
The Fatal Four is comprised of:
- Falls: 39.9% of total construction fatalities
- Struck by Object: 8.4% of total construction fatalities
- Electrocution: 8.5% of total construction fatalities
- Caught in-Between: 4.3% of total construction fatalities
Unfortunately, if employers complied with safety procedures as required, hundreds of construction accidents could be prevented. OSHA estimates that by eliminating the Fatal Four alone, 500+ lives could be saved every year. A majority of these deaths occur due to failures of structure or equipment; faulty scaffolding alone causes over 4,500 worker injuries and kills 60 workers annually.
Common Hazards at Construction Sites
It is common for human error to cause serious injuries. Whether it is the carelessness of a supervisor or the mistake of a co-worker, these issues can significantly affect the safety level of other workers on the construction site.
Issues that can cause construction accidents:
- Improper site design or inspection
- Unmarked hazards
- Safety code violations
- Improperly stored materials
- Using old or defective working materials
Most Common Accidents on Construction Sites
Construction workers often work on scaffolding. Scaffolds are, unfortunately for workers, often erected wrong and are unsteady as a result. Over 4,500 scaffolding accidents occur annually, and more than 70% of those injured said that the incident was caused by a lack of support or a falling object.
Falling from a Height
Another common cause of construction injuries is falling from another level. Construction workers are asked to work up high—whether it is on a roof, scaffolding, or a ladder. OSHA reported that 660 fatalities occurred as a result of falling from a height in 2014.
Ladder & Stairway Accidents
OSHA statistics show that more than 24,000 injuries and 35 fatalities occur annually because of a fall from a ladder or a stairway on the construction site. More than 50% of these injuries require time off work. Ladder accidents common occur because the wrong ladder was used for the job, it was in poor condition, or it was used improperly.
Defective & Dangerous Equipment
One of the greatest risks on construction sites is the complex machinery and equipment workers use. If this equipment is not used properly or is defective, it can cause serious injuries. Whether it is cranes or forklifts, construction workers need to be trained on how to operate machinery safely.
Harmful Chemicals &
Many construction workers are exposed to chemicals that can pose serious health risks—such as irritation, flammability, corrosion, and more. OSHA has a stringent Hazard Communication Standard that spreads the proper information about these dangerous chemicals. If these safety standards are not followed, workers can become exposed to dangerous chemicals without being aware. This can lead to burn injuries and large accidents like fires or explosions.
Call Our Amarillo Construction Accident Lawyers at (888) 493-1629
A work accident can seem like it was caused by the worker; however, in many cases, it's the employer who failed to train employees or to provide workers with a safe working environment. If you were injured in a construction accident, you have the right to seek compensation. Even if you were told you were at fault, an experienced attorney can conduct a thorough investigation to determine who was truly responsible for your accident. If safety regulations are not being followed by your employer, they should be held responsible for their negligence.
At Arnold & Itkin LLP, our dedicated team of construction accident attorneys in Amarillo have handled thousands of personal injury claims and recovered billions of dollars in compensation for our clients. We are honored to stand up for the rights of those who have been severely injured. Our personal injury law firm prepares every single case as if it's going to trial. We've earned a reputation for being fearless about going to the courthouse; it's how we get the best possible results for our clients. We do what it takes to protect you and fight for the compensation you deserve.
When workers are injured, we take it personal. Call now for a team that fights for recovery after construction accidents no matter what. We're ready to help at (888) 493-1629.