Made in America: Construction Accidents

Every day in America, 13 people go to work and never come home. Every year in America, nearly four million people have suffered a workplace injury from which some may never recover. These are often preventable tragedies that disable our workers, devastate our families, and damage our economy.

Death comes in many ways to American workplaces. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, more than 4,600 people were killed at work in 2011, over 700 of them in the construction trade. Charged with developing standards to protect workers, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) identifies construction hazards and works to prevent jobsite injury.

Termed by OSHA as the Fatal Four, the agency predicts over 400 lives could be saved each year if the following hazards were eliminated from American worksites:

  • Falls
  • Electrocution
  • Struck-by-an-object incidents
  • Caught-between incidents

In Chicago, we represent injured workers and their families. Our cases include workers suffering falls caused by inadequately constructed scaffolding, electrical accidents, toxic exposure and other dangerous workplace conditions.

On any size construction site, workers are engaged in dangerous tasks with specialized equipment. Coordination and safety training are needed to maintain a safe jobsite. Without proper oversight, serious accidents happen, often due to the negligence of employees of other contractors and their equipment.

While OSHA creates standards and recognizes hazards, any workplace is only as safe as the procedures and policies in effect on that site. If you are injured on a construction site, speak with our workplace injury lawyers for advice and experienced representation. The call is free.