As the construction industry continues to recover and new development gets under way throughout Florida, construction jobs are once again becoming plentiful. As the demand for skilled workers rises, more and more people are entering this potentially lucrative field. While construction jobs can offer good hourly wages, overtime, and benefits, there are inherent dangers associated with jobs in the construction field. Injuries due to construction accidents continue to be on the rise. The rates for injury in the construction field are higher than in any other occupation, and these injuries are often severe, and even life threatening.
Common Causes of Construction Injuries and Fatalities
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), has identified four leading causes of injuries and fatalities for construction workers. These hazards account for roughly 60% of worker fatalities, and cause serious, life altering injuries for workers in the construction trades. OSHA advises all workers in the construction field to be aware of the following safety risks, known as the ‘fatal four’:
- Falls: Falls from ladders, stairways, and scaffoldings account for over 1/3 of all construction accidents.
- Struck by an object: Workers can be struck by heavy equipment, such as cranes or forklifts, or from falling objects and debris on construction sites.
- Electrocution: Working with electricity and live wiring poses inherent dangers to worker.
- Caught in between: Heavy loads and huge equipment being moved from place to place sets the stage for workers to be injured by being crushed or caught between objects.
In addition to the above, constructions workers may also face serious injuries due to common hazard such as dangerous inhalants and explosive substances, trench collapses, as well as exhaustion and dehydration.
Injuries Due To Construction Accidents
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on-the-job fatalities and injuries in the construction industry are higher than any other field. Common injuries among construction laborers include:
- Head and traumatic brain injuries;
- Eye injuries;
- Respiratory ailments;
- Spinal injuries; and
- Musculoskeletal injuries.
Preventing Construction Injuries and Fatalities
While not all construction-related injuries and fatalities can be prevented, there are some things construction workers can do to ensure their safety. In addition to regulations, OSHA has safety tips for employers and employers to follow. Among the suggestions OSHA offers are:
- Always wear a hardhat;
- Ensure scaffolding, ladders and walkways are secure before putting your weight on them;
- Be sure forklift and crane operators have the proper training before allowing them to operate machines;
- Be aware of where hazardous materials are stored; and
- Always make sure electricity is turned off before working on wiring.
Contact Our Experienced Florida Personal Injury Attorney
If you or someone you love has been injured in a construction accident, contact our experienced Florida personal injury attorneys. At Hogan Frick, we have the experience and know how in working with personal injury and worker’s compensation cases to get you the compensation you deserve. We have offices in Orlando, Gainesville, Ocala, Kissimmee, and Lakeland, and our attorneys will be happy to meet with you and review your case for free. Construction injuries can cause a lifetime of pain. Reach out to us today for help recovering compensation.