Don’t Be Overlooked By Your Company: These Construction Accidents Are Even More Serious Than You Think

When you decided to become a construction worker, you knew that it was more dangerous than the typical job. You deserve working conditions that are as safe as possible and an employer who puts your well-being ahead of profit. Too often, this is just not the case. Construction companies facing tight deadlines or having problems with cash flow may knowingly choose to purchase unsafe supplies. They may also pressure workers to work more hours than their bodies can handle, which often leads to accidents. The 10 most common construction accidents include:

  • Crane accidents
  • Defective equipment
  • Electrocution
  • Forklift injuries
  • Machine malfunctions
  • Exposure to toxic chemicals
  • Injuries as a visitor or pedestrian
  • Falls from elevated heights
  • Workers being injured by fallen objects
  • Scaffolding accidents

Of these 10 construction site accidents, scaffolding accidents occur the most often and can cause the greatest degree of injuries. Scaffolding is a temporary elevated platform that construction workers stand on to perform their jobs. When it gives way, workers can be seriously injured or even fall to their deaths.

If you are a construction worker in the Chicago area who has been injured in a workplace accident, Phillips Law Offices would like to assist you with collecting the compensation you deserve. In these types of accident situations, it can be difficult to know who is to blame. Our experienced construction accident lawyers will look at all of the factors in your case and prepare a case against the responsible party.

The Unfortunate Statistics Behind Scaffolding Accidents

Scaffolding accidents are a common occupational hazard for construction employees. Obviously, a fall from towering scaffolding is likely to cause serious harm or death. For that reason, if you’ve been injured in a scaffolding fall, you need experienced representation like you’ll find at Phillips Law Offices. We can help you sort through your options to find the best way to protect your rights.

How you might be injured on scaffolding

Scaffolding is dangerous. Numerous things can cause scaffolding to collapse, including:

  • Equipment or debris that has fallen from above
  • A collision with a crane, forklift or truck
  • Ladder failure
  • No safety devices, such as safety nets, safety lines, guardrails or fall arrest systems
  • Manufacturing flaws or defects in the design
  • Improper use of safety equipment
  • Safety equipment failure
  • Planks that slip
  • Unsafe conditions

Scaffolding accident statistics

  • Some 4,500 workers are injured every year in scaffolding falls. About 50 of those injuries result in death.
  • One out of every 10 work-related deaths is caused by a fall.
  • Scaffolds and ladders are involved in approximately 40 percent of injuries caused by falling.
  • Falls are the most common cause of construction-related deaths in the United States.

If correct safety precautions are followed, the majority of falls can be prevented. Usually, accidents occur when employers try to save money and time by cutting corners. Improper training of employees is another reason for scaffolding accidents.

If you were injured in a scaffolding mishap, contact Phillips Law Offices. We’ll investigate the circumstances surrounding your injury to build an effective case so that you get the compensation you deserve. We know how to present the evidence and enlist the testimony of expert product engineers, doctors and other authorities to help you win your case and obtain rightful compensation.