Corpus Christi Construction Accident Lawyers
When Employers Don't Protect Workers, We're There to Demand Answers.
Construction work is dangerous; employees work at great heights, deal with heavy objects, and are likely to be exposed to toxic chemicals. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), 21% of all nationwide fatal injuries occur at construction sites. Studies conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics say that 1 in 5 of every job-related fatality was someone who worked in construction. As many as 1 in 10 of every non-fatal workplace injuries were construction workers. These numbers demonstrate that construction employers are failing to provide workers with the maximum safety possible.
As a result, workers can sustain serious injuries on the job—in many cases, in preventable accidents caused by the employer's negligence. Workers place their trust in employers, believing that they will abide by federal regulations to make work environments as safe as possible. Unfortunately, employers fail to do so, resulting in severe accidents. When they fail to take these necessary measures, they must be held liable for their workers’ injuries. The Corpus Christi construction accident attorneys at Arnold & Itkin LLP provide our clients with the closure and financial relief that comes from holding negligent employers and contractors accountable.
If you or a loved one have suffered injuries in a construction site because of someone else’s negligence, you have the right to seek compensation. Contact our Corpus Christi construction accident lawyers for a free consultation: (888) 493-1629! We are dedicated to helping our clients obtain the best possible results.
The “Fatal Four” Construction Accidents
OSHA conducts an annual report to determine which construction accidents are the most common. Out of all the injuries that occur annually, OSHA identified the most common fatalities—known as the “Fatal Four.” The same four accidents account for hundreds of fatalities every year.
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
Most wrongful death investigations reveal that if employers had followed safety procedures, a worker's death could have been prevented. OSHA estimates that if 40% of workplace accidents are preventable, then more than 500 lives could be saved every year through compliance with safety requirements. In fact, many deaths have been caused because there was a structural failure or defective equipment in the workplace. Faulty scaffolding alone causes over 4,500 injuries and 60 deaths annually.
Common Hazards at Construction Sites
Aside from failing to abide by safety regulations, human error can also result in major accidents. Whether it is the carelessness of a supervisor or the mistake of another worker, this can significantly affect the safety level for other workers.
Examples of hazards that can cause accidents in construction sites:
- Improper site design or inspection
- Unmarked hazards (ex: unprotected holes or roofing)
- Safety code violations
- Improperly stored materials
- Using old or defective equipment
Most Common Accidents & Causes of Injuries at Construction Sites
Scaffolding is a temporary structure that is often erected incorrectly—making them shaky and unsteady. Research shows that over 4,500 scaffolding accidents occur every year and more than 70% of injured workers said there was a lack of support, they slipped, or were struck by a falling object.
Falling from a Height
It is also common for construction workers to suffer severe injury after falling from an elevation. OSHA reported that 660 fatalities occurred because of falling from a height in 2014. Construction workers are required to work on high levels while climbing on a roof, a ladder, or working on scaffolding.
Ladder & Stairway Accidents
Ladder accidents commonly occur either because the wrong ladder was used for a job, it was in poor condition, or the ladder was used incorrectly. OSHA statistics show that more than 24,000 injuries and 35 deaths occur annually because workers fall from a ladder or stairway. More than 50% of these injuries required workers to take time off to recover.
Defective & Dangerous Equipment
Complex machinery and equipment are commonplace in construction sites—and serious injuries can occur if these are not properly used or if they are defective. It is vital for workers to receive training on how to use machinery to prevent forklift accidents or crane accidents.
Harmful Chemicals &
Construction workers are also at risk for being exposed to harmful chemicals that can cause serious health issues. Exposure to toxic chemicals can cause workers to suffer skin and throat irritation, burns, respiratory problems, and more. It is essential for employers to follow OSHA safety standards on hazardous chemicals; if these standards are not followed properly, they put workers at risk.
Call Our Corpus Christi Construction Accident Attorneys at (888) 493-1629.
Many construction workers might believe that the accident was unavoidable, but an employer may be the one who failed to provide the required training or safety equipment that led to it. If you were injured in a construction accident, you have the right to seek compensation. An experienced attorney can investigate the incident to determine who was indeed at fault. If your employer is not following safety regulations, they should be held responsible for their negligence.
Arnold & Itkin has helped hundreds of injured workers recover the compensation they deserve. We have recovered billions of dollars for our clients, helping them get relief for their medical care, lost wages, and more. We've helped thousands of people nationwide rebuild their lives, including a man who lost his leg in a construction accident. With our help, he received a $44 million verdict—the largest verdict ever won for an amputee victim ever. His result (and hundreds of others) were made possible with our relentless commitment to getting our clients what they need. If that's the sort of ally you're looking for, call us.
No one should have their life changed because they went to work for the day. Call us now at (888) 493-1629 to hold the people who harmed you accountable. We never back down, we never accept low settlements, and we're always focused on helping clients. No matter what.