It is common knowledge that the construction industry is one of – if not the – most dangerous to be in. Unfortunately, this fact is something that is causing the industry to struggle, in large part because of a widespread worker shortage. However, many people do not realize that the majority of construction accidents are preventable. When you take a job with a construction company, you assume that proper safety guidelines and precautions will be strictly adhered to. You also assume that all workers have been adequately trained and that the equipment you are using if up-to-date and functioning properly. When one or more of these things is not the case, you may be at risk for serious injury, or worse.
The fact of the matter is that tens of thousands of construction workers are injured on the job every single year in accidents that could have been stopped. Sure, many of these injuries take place because of accidents, but others could have been avoided if not for the negligence or blatant disregard of another person. When safety regulations are ignored and equipment is not properly serviced, disaster can strike. As knowledgeable Dallas construction site accident attorneys, we understand how devastating and difficult these cases can be. This is why we are committed to doing everything in our power to ensure justice is served.
Let’s now take a look at some of the most surprising – and little known – facts about construction accidents:
- Falls are the most common cause of construction site accidents. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA), falls account for nearly 37% of all construction site accidents. Common factors include unprotected sides, wall openings, floor holes, unguarded scaffolding, and protruding steel bars.
- Fall protection, hazard communications, and scaffolding are the most OSHA-cited violations. OSHA is in charge of putting safety regulations in place, which means they also cite violators. There are more violations than we would like to think, but these are the top three.
- Two construction workers day each day in the U.S. And thousands more are seriously injured on a daily basis. These are shocking numbers that we cannot ignore.
- Workers between 25 and 34 are most likely to sustain workplace injuries. Whether because they are not properly trained or for some other reason, workers in this age group are most likely to be injured in a construction site accident.
- The majority of construction site injuries involve workers’ backs and spines. This is indicative of how serious construction site accident injuries are, as spine and back injuries can be life-altering.
- Ironwork is the job with the highest injury rates in the construction industry. The construction industry is comprised of many different specialties and areas, all of which come with some dangers. However, those working in the iron sector are at a higher risk than others to sustain injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction site accident, please contact an attorney from Rad Law Firm today. We offer free consultations and are prepared to go over your case with you and help you determine the next step.