Construction accidents carry a higher incidence of risk than many other professions. Workers are exposed to hazardous chemicals, heavy machinery, hazardous building materials and risk of falling from scaffolding or other heights. Often, a construction site will not be properly marked for dangerous areas, and a hazard could be a danger to a driver or someone passing through the site.
In Indiana, there were 151,600 construction workers in 2008, and among them, 6,300 were injured for a 4.6 per 1,000 rate. There were 19 fatalities. This is just a bit below the national average of 4.7.
Generally an employee cannot sue his or her employer for on-the job-injuries other than using the workers’ compensation system. However, at times the owner of the premises, the general contractor, or other contractors could be liable in case you’re injured. Careless or negligent behavior in a dangerous environment like this can lead to injury or death on the part of a worker or bystander.
Take a look at this infographic for some sobering national statistics regarding construction accidents, specifically in regard to the “Fatal Four”:
- Struck by Object
- Caught Between Objects
Find out what construction professions are most at risk, and learn what to do in case of an accident on the job.
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As always, if you were injured on a construction job in Indiana, contact Wilson Kehoe Winingham today to discuss your legal options.
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