Accidents can happen in any work environment, but some jobs are more inherently dangerous than others, causing employees to suffer more injuries, some of which might even be fatal, while on the job. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2010, there were 774 deaths that occurred due to an accident on a construction site. To put this in perspective, construction site accidents accounted for 18% of all on-the-job fatalities that year. Statistics also show that four out of every hundred construction workers suffer non-fatal injuries while on the job every year.
Some of the most common accidents that occur on construction sites include:
- Falls from heights or scaffolding: Oftentimes, construction workers are required to work from high heights, on scaffolding, ladders, or on roofs. These types of accidents account for about 34% of all on the job deaths of construction workers and even more injuries, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- Electrocutions: Construction sites are works in progress, which means that wiring and power lines are often exposed and electric systems are unfinished, creating the perfect environment for a nasty accident. When a worker comes into contact with any of these, he or she could be electrocuted or shocked.
- Slips and falls: All sorts of stray tools and materials are left on construction sites and it is not uncommon for the ground to be uneven or to have gaping, hazardous holes. If proper safety rules are not observed, a worker could easily slip, trip, or fall, and the injuries could be severe, given the environment.
- Falling debris or objects: Construction sites also tend to have multiple levels and, just as workers can possibly fall from high heights, so can debris. If building materials fall and strike a worker below, he or she could be severely injured or even killed.
- Machinery Accidents: Heavy machinery, such as cranes, bulldozers, and jackhammers, are often required for construction work. While they are necessary, they can be dangerous and an accident could lead to a debilitating or fatal injury.
- Overexertion: Construction work in itself can be dangerous if performed in extremely hot or humid conditions, leading to overexertion. A person could potentially fall victim to heat stroke.
- Fires and explosions: Given that there tends to be a lot of unfinished piping and incomplete electrical systems, fires and explosions are common accidents that occur on construction sites, leading to catastrophic or fatal injuries.
- Trench collapse: Trenches are also commonly seen on construction sites and, unfortunately, they can collapse. If a trench collapses when a worker is inside, he or she could be hit with tools, heavy machinery, or buried in surrounding dirt.
Workers’ Compensation Attorneys in Santa Ana
Construction site injuries can be incredibly severe, sometimes requiring a lengthy period of recovery. To get you through this difficult time, you are going to need the workers’ compensation benefits to which you are entitled and a skilled attorney on your side. At Ufkes & Bright, our small Santa Ana firm provides personalized attention that produces large firm results.
Do not hesitate to reach out to us today! Call us at (714) 500-8661 to schedule your free case evaluation with a knowledgeable member of our legal team.