Pittsburgh Construction Accident Lawyer
As a construction worker, you may take daily steps to ensure your own safety while on the job. There is always the possibility, however, that events out of your control will lead to a serious accident. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, one out of every ten construction workers is injured in an accident annually. Over 11,000 of these accidents result in some type of disability. This makes construction work one of the most dangerous lines of work in the country. Some of the most common construction accidents include:
- Falls from Heights – Many construction workers are required to climb to certain heights for their job. A worker may fall while working on a roof, from a crane, while working on scaffolding or while working from any high position. This is such a danger to construction workers, in fact, it is estimated that one third of all construction fatalities come from a fall.
Falling Objects – On the other hand, employers can also sustain severe injuries when an object falls. Just as many workers are required to climb up high to work, there are many which work beneath them. Should tools or equipment or even parts of the structure fall, it can strike these workers and cause everything from lacerations to
traumatic brain injuries.
- Motor Vehicle Accidents – The use of motor vehicles to travel between and on job sites is not uncommon. Not only that, but when construction is being done on an actual highway or freeway, it can leave workers vulnerable to being struck by drivers as they pass by. This can lead to traffic accidents which can cause harrowing and life-altering injuries.
- Electrical Accidents – Construction jobs often require workers to handle electrical equipment, as well as work near actual power lines. When things go poorly it can result in electric shock, as well as electrocution. This can cause muscle spasms, as well cardiac and respiratory issues. The OSHA estimated that nearly 350 workers die from such electrical accidents on an annual basis.
- Trench Collapses – When building a trench on a construction job site, it is imperative that safety is given a priority. If it is not, it can lead to a trench that is compromised. When a trench is not properly built or maintained, it can result in the trench collapsing – which can trap workers under pounds of soil almost instantly. Crushing injuries, as well as suffocation, can occur as a result.
- Fires & Explosions – Both fires and explosions are a present risk for many construction workers. This can result from dangerous welding activities, compressed gas or poor safety standards near open flames. If proper safety requirements are not observed, if employees are not properly trained or if there is not a plan in place for evacuation, employees can become unnecessarily harmed.
- Defective Equipment – Relying on heavy equipment and tools for the job, it does not often enter into the minds of workers that they could be dealing with a defective piece; however, this happens all the time. When power tools, ladders, cranes or anything else is defective or dangerous in nature, it can malfunction and put the safety of all workers in serious danger.
With so many people and contractors involved in a large construction project, there will always be a risk of serious accidents. The risk is increased exponentially when one or more of the involved parties are guilty of negligent or careless behavior while on the job. Regardless of the project, employers on construction project are responsible for protecting their workers from the negligence of others and from serious injury.
Construction accidents can result when there is a lack of proper training and/or the education for safety policies and procedures falls below expectations. If you have suffered a work injury as a result of negligence, you deserve to be compensated by your employers through workers' compensation, and/or file a third party claim against any other party who is at fault. A Pittsburgh Personal Injury Attorney can help you complete this process.
Frank Walker Lawyer: Protecting Injured Construction Workers
If you have been injured on a construction site, despite your best efforts to remain safe, it is imperative you contact an attorney as soon as possible to review your various options for injury compensation. Attorney Frank Walker fights to protect the rights of accident victims throughout Pittsburgh. Since our establishment, our firm has obtained successful results on behalf of many clients.
We are more than willing to provide you with information about our track record, including favorable and unfavorable case outcomes, so that you can those results firsthand. You can be confident in the fact that we will use every resource of the firm in diligently pursuing full compensation for your construction accident injuries.