Alexandria Construction Accident Attorneys
Billions Won by Construction Injury Lawyers in Alexandria, LA
Construction workers go to work every day expecting employers to provide them with a safe work environment and reliable equipment to prevent injury. In theory, every employer can and should provide these things. In practice, construction work is hazardous, leaving people with lifelong injuries after serious accidents. That's why the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) regulates working conditions and requires employers to maintain the safest work environment possible. If a worker gets injured due to the employer’s negligence, they may be held liable for the worker's losses, including medical care and lost work time.
The Alexandria construction accident lawyers at Arnold & Itkin LLP have won billions in verdicts and settlements helping injured people hold companies accountable. Our results include hundreds of results of $1 million or more, including a record-setting verdict for the victim of a crane accident at a construction site. Our firm understands why construction accidents happen and how much you'll need to recover from them. The first step is learning your legal and financial options in a free consultation, so call us as soon as possible.
If you or a loved one sustained injuries because of an employer’s negligence, contact our Alexandria construction accident attorneys today for a free case review: (225) 412-6348!
The “Fatal Four” Construction Accidents
OSHA is also responsible for compiling research every year to determine how safe work environments are nationwide. Their research shows that the construction industry has one of the highest rates of workplace injury and fatality: about 1 in 5 workplace fatalities occur on a construction site. Of those fatalities, OSHA has determined the four most common events that lead to fatalities in the construction injury. They call them the “Fatal Four.”
The “Fatal Four” includes the following workplace accidents:
- Falls (38.7%)
- Struck by Object (9.4%)
- Electrocutions (8.3%)
- Caught-in/between (7.3%)
These four types of accidents make up more than 60% of all construction accident deaths. OSHA classifies each of these four causes as 100% preventable with proper safety measures. If companies follow the required safety procedures, over 500 lives could be saved every year. That also means any loved one who dies as a result of the above list of accidents died due to employer negligence in some form or another.
The Responsibilities of a Construction Employer
Ultimately, employers are responsible for workplace accidents, especially in high-risk environments. Employers must (1) maintain a workplace that reduces risks and (2) teach employees how to do their work safely. Insufficient staffing, training, or equipment creates the conditions that lead to tragic accidents.
Negligence may include the following:
- Poor site designs
- Insufficient inspections
- Failure to mark hazards, such as uncovered holes
- Violating safety codes
- Improperly secured equipment
- The use of defective equipment
If a supervisor, employer, or equipment manufacturer inadvertently or directly causes an accident, they should be held liable for their negligence. Employee deaths and injuries will occur if employers fail to address these issues, so keeping them accountable is how we can keep construction workers safe.
Most Common Accidents & Causes of Injuries at Construction Sites
- Scaffolding Accidents: Scaffolding accidents are common because scaffolding is often erected improperly, which makes them unreliable. Over 4,500 scaffolding accidents occur annually. More than 70% of workers said their injuries occurred because there was a lack of support in the scaffolds.
- Falling from a Height: OSHA’s research shows that 660 fatalities occur annually because workers fall from a height. Construction workers are required to work on roofs, ladders, and scaffolding; if they lack the proper fall prevention equipment, their risk of injury goes up considerably. Employers are required to provide fall prevention harnesses and other equipment.
- Ladder & Stairway Accidents: Over 24,000 injuries occur every year in falling accidents. Workers typically fall from ladders or staircases, and more than 50% if workers had to take time off to recover from these injuries. Employers need to provide non-slip surfaces and handrails on all staircases whenever possible.
- Defective & Dangerous Equipment: Faulty equipment can cause serious injuries. Employees should be trained on how to use complex machinery, and all equipment should be frequently maintained or immediately repaired when defective.
- Harmful Chemicals & Toxic Exposure: Construction workers are often exposed to hazardous chemicals that can lead to long-term health issues. Toxic chemicals can cause workers to suffer skin and throat irritation, corrosion, and more.
Call Alexandria Construction Accident Lawyers: 225-412-6348
Construction workers have the right to work in the safest work environment possible. If workers sustain injuries because employers fail to provide a safe workplace, employers should be held liable for their actions. More importantly, employers should be held liable for the losses suffered by construction workers who have lost their careers, their mobility, or their limbs in construction accidents. These injuries demand compensation for things like medical care, diminished future earnings, and other vital needs.
Who is at fault of the accident may not always be obvious, but an experienced attorney can help determine who is at fault for your accident. If you have sustained injuries at a construction site, contact our Alexandria construction accident attorneys at Arnold & Itkin today. Our firm has the experience, resources, and billion-dollar track record to help you rebuild your life.
Contact our Alexandria construction accident attorneys today for a free case review: (225) 412-6348!