Construction Site Fires
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According to the U.S. Fire Administration, there are more than 4,800 construction site fires every year which cause approximately $35 million in property loss. These fires are more likely to cause more damage than a residential fire because they tend to have little protection from fire in the form of working smoke detectors or sprinklers. As a result of these fires, workers, firefighters, and even the general public can be put in danger. Common injuries sustained during a construction fire include smoke inhalation, burns, broken bones, and even death.
These types of fires can have all sorts of causes, and some of the most common include:
- Vandalism and Other Criminal Activity – Construction sites without proper fencing, cameras, and other security measures are more likely to be the target of vandalism resulting in a fire.
- Smoking – Many employees smoke on the job, including construction workers. With lots of heavy equipment and fuel in the construction area, a cigarette can easily trigger a fire.
- Heaters – Workers often use space heaters when working in colder temperatures. Unattended heaters or those placed near combustible items can also result in a fire.
- Cooking – Construction workers often prepare meals right on the job site using items such as hot plates, coffee machines, and even power tools, which can all lead to fires.
- Electrical – Fires caused by shoddy, exposed, or faulty wiring.
These are just a few of the conditions which can cause a construction site fire that results in serious injuries.
Construction Site Safety Facts
Here are a few facts to help you better understand construction fires:
- Firefighters injured in construction fires are twice as likely to be hit or struck by falling debris and other objects than at fires on other sites.
- The risk for construction site fires increases throughout the workday.
- 71% of construction site fires are caused by open flames and arson.
If you've suffered from an injury during a construction site fire, it's time to hold responsible parties accountable for failing to protect your safety. Employers must maintain proper fire prevention and warning systems and protect employees when a fire breaks out at a construction site. You should not be expected to suffer financially because of the medical cost of your injuries, and Arnold & Itkin will fight to help you recover your monetary losses. We've won billions for clients and don't intend on stopping our fierce advocacy for worker safety.
Call us today at (888) 493-1629. Consultation is free and you only pay if we win results in your case!