Laredo Construction Accident Attorneys
Our Construction Accident Lawyers in Laredo Have Won Billions in Results
Construction work is known nationwide for its high rate of serious injuries and fatalities. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) reported that 21 percent of nationwide workplace fatalities occurred in the construction industry. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 1 in 10 of every non-fatal workplace injury occurred in construction. Injuries and fatalities represent untold millions in healthcare costs, lost productivity, and public spending, so when construction is unsafe, we all lose.
Failing to follow safety practices and use equipment safely in any construction site results in workplace injury or death. Employers are obligated to mitigate hazards as best as they can by utilizing proper safety procedures and providing workers with well-maintained equipment. If an employer fails to provide workers with a safe work environment, victims have the right to seek compensation for their medical costs, lost wages, and more. At Arnold & Itkin LLP, our Laredo construction accident attorneys make sure our clients get everything they need to move forward; we've won billions in verdicts and settlements, including hundreds of results worth $1 million or more.
If you or someone you love was injured in a work accident, contact our Laredo construction accident attorneys today for a free case review: (888) 493-1629!
The “Fatal Four” Construction Accidents
OSHA conducts an annual report on the most common construction accidents. Out of the 4,600 worker fatalities that occur every year, the leading causes of private sector worker deaths were responsible for 63.7 percent of fatalities. OSHA has narrowed down the most common construction 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
These four accidents occur almost exclusively from circumstances that are preventable with the right safety protocols. In other words, Fatal Four accidents happen as a result of negligence. OSHA estimates that by eliminating the Fatal Four, more than 500 lives could be saved every year. For instance, scaffolding accidents alone injured over 4,500 workers and killed 60 workers annually.
The Most Common Causes of Injury at Construction Sites
The most common cause of serious injury is human error. Negligent supervisors or a co-worker’s absentminded mistakes can put other people in danger at any moment. Proper training and good leaders are vital to any site's safety, which is why companies can be held liable for accidents caused by poorly-trained workers.
Examples of issues that can cause construction accidents:
- Improper site design or inspection
- Unmarked hazards (ex: unprotected holes or roofing)
- Safety code violations
- Improperly stored materials
- Using old or defective working materials
Common Construction Accidents
- Falling from a Height - The most common cause of construction worker injury is falling from a height. OSHA reports more than 660 fatalities are caused by falling from a height every year. It is common for these accidents to occur while working on a roof. Scaffolding and ladder accidents also fall under this category. When workers are not provided with the proper fall protection, the results can be tragic.
- Scaffolding Accident - Construction workers commonly work on scaffolding, or temporary structures to allow workers to work at a height on the exterior of a building. These can be erected improperly, making them extremely shaky and unsteady. More than 4,500 scaffolding accidents occur annually, and more than 70 percent of those injured said it happened because there was a lack of support, they slipped, or because a falling object hit them.
- Ladder & Stairway Accident - More than 24,000 injuries and 35 fatalities occur annually from a fall from a ladder or a stairway. More than 50 percent of accident survivors are required to take time off from work after a fall. Tragic accidents can occur if the wrong ladder is used for the job, if it is in poor condition, or if the ladder was used improperly.
- Defective & Dangerous Equipment - Defective machinery and equipment are the greatest hazards on construction sites. If a worker misuses equipment or the equipment is poorly maintained, it can lead to severe injuries. Workers need to be trained on how to use machinery like cranes or forklifts.
- Harmful Chemicals & Toxic Exposure - A large number of construction workers handle chemicals that pose serious health risks, with hazardous conditions like skin irritation, flammability, corrosion, and more. OSHA regulates how workers handle toxic chemicals, but workers can experience serious problems if these regulations are not followed. Common side effects of toxic exposure include burns and respiratory problems. Toxic chemicals are also prone to causing major accidents, such as fires and explosions.
- Crane Accidents - When cranes aren't operated safely, the results are usually devastating. A poor focus on safety, a lack of training, or overworking employees can make crane accidents more likely to happen. Crane collapses and accidents like them are always avoidable.
Call Our Laredo Construction Accident Lawyers: (888) 493-1629
If you or a loved one have suffered injuries in a construction accident, you have the right to seek compensation. Even if you believe you are at fault for your injuries, it's the employer who failed to meet federal safety standards by failing to mitigate the risks around you. Employers' mistakes should not cost you your livelihood.
If employers are not following safety regulations and you suffered serious injury as a result, it's time to call a Laredo construction accident attorney. At Arnold & Itkin LLP, we have handled some of the largest and most complex construction accident cases in the nation, winning billions of dollars in compensation for our clients. With hundreds of verdicts and settlements worth $1 million or more (and dozens worth $10 million or more), our firm is equipped to get the best possible results for your case.
Contact our Laredo construction accident attorneys today for a free case review: (888) 493-1629!