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The 4 Most Dangerous Accidents for Workers at a Construction Site

Posted on in Personal Injury

constuction accidents, milwaukee personal injury attorneyA construction site has many risks for workers. Employers have a duty to provide a safe working environment by following certain industry guidelines. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), one in five deaths on the job takes place on a construction site

OSHA has identified the "Fatal Four" accidents that lead to death for construction workers. These types of accidents account for about 65 percent of on the job deaths and lead to many workplace injuries:

  1. Falls. Falls are by far the most common cause of death at a construction site.
  2. Struck by an object. This incident can happen if netting and other safety measures are not followed.
  3. Electrocutions. Electrocutions can cause serious injury resulting in months of rehabilitation without full recovery.
  4. Caught in or between. This type of accident involves a piece of equipment or a collapsing structure that strikes, catches, or crushes a worker.

Determining Who Is Responsible for Your Construction Site Accident

There may be many entities that could be responsible for your workplace accident. Establishing what party is responsible for your workplace injuries is the first step in getting compensation. If your employer caused the dangerous condition, your medical care and lost wages can be recoverable under workers’ compensation. One important limitation of workers’ comp is that it will not award damages for an individual’s pain and suffering.

However, there are usually numerous companies working on a construction site. If a company that does not employ you created the dangerous condition, it may be possible to recover from that company under a theory of general negligence. A dangerous condition on a construction site can also be caused by equipment that was poorly designed or manufactured. This type of claim would also fall outside of the purview of workers’ compensation.

The skill of a personal injury attorney is typically required in these cases because the injuries are severe, and it can be difficult to establish if another company unreasonably created the construction site risk. However, if you have a successful third-party claim, you can recover all your medical bill costs, past and future lost earnings, as well as pain and suffering.

Contact a Milwaukee Personal Injury Lawyer

If you believe that a third party is responsible for causing a dangerous construction site accident, a knowledgeable personal injury attorney should review your case. Set up an initial meeting with the Milwaukee personal injury attorneys at Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, LLP by calling 414-271-1440. We can help you get the compensation you rightly deserve.

Source: 

https://www.osha.gov/oshstats/commonstats.html

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