With all its heavy equipment, machines, ladders and scaffolding, it is no surprise that the construction industry has one of the highest worker injury rates of any industry. Many factors contribute to construction accidents, including untrained workers, poor site conditions and unsafe equipment. Injuries range from falls, burns, electrocution, exposure to asbestos and toxic chemicals and even death.
Construction workers depend on their employers for a safe work site. Despite regulation from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), thousands of workers suffer severe and fatal injuries every year on construction sites.
Preventing Construction Injuries
The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 governs workplace safety and OSHA enforces its regulations.
- According to OSHA, one in ten construction workers suffers injuries each year, with falls being the leading injury
- Workers between the ages of 25 and 34 are most likely to suffer injuries on-site
- Most construction site injuries involve workers’ backs, spines and trunks
- According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 150,000 construction injuries occur every year
In addition, the majority of states have adopted additional workplace safety regulations. Generally, if you can show that you suffered injuries because a company violated an OSHA regulation, that company is liable for your injuries. Some states require a higher standard of proof. An Atlantic City accident lawyer can answer any questions you may have about a potential claim.
Several parties and complex relationships are present at a construction site. In addition to the construction site owner, there are architects, engineers, contractors, construction managers, machinery manufacturers and equipment manufacturers. The general contractor usually contracts with several sub-contractors to perform specific duties at the site. The larger the project, the more parties are present.
The general contractor is responsible for work site safety and staying in compliance with OSHA regulations. Sub-contractors are also responsible for job safety and for following OSHA guidelines for their part of the project. Both the general and sub-contractor have a duty to provide a safe worksite and to warn workers of any potential hazards.
If a worker suffers injuries from a defective piece of equipment, he or she may have a personal injury claim against the manufacturer. In addition, there may be other remedies for those injured at a construction site.
Contact an Atlantic City accident attorney if you or a loved one suffers injuries from negligence at a construction site.