Updated August 22, 2019
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the most common types of construction accidents resulting in deaths are classified as the “fatal four.” These common construction site accidents are falls, being struck by an object, electrocution, and getting caught in or between equipment and machines. In fact, OSHA claims that the fatal four cost the lives of 468 construction workers every year.
Out of the fatal four, which type of construction accident is the most common?
Roofers, chimney masons, other tradesmen, and any other workers who have to get on the roof of a building have a very dangerous job. An article in The Wall Street Journal calculated the problem as 38.7 fatalities per 100,000 workers in 2013—an increase from 2011’s 34.1 per 100,000 workers. In Indiana alone, in 2013, 9% of all fatal job accidents were the result of falls, 21% of which occurred in industrial places and premises such as a construction site.
There are several reasons roofers and other workers fall from rooftops:
Equipment and instructions for working with a harness or other safety systems that can stop falls are often disregarded. Contractors and employers often say such protection is either too expensive or creates new issues. On the other side of the debate, contractors say that safety systems can and do save lives. OSHA says that fall protection is the number one of its standards violated each year.
The growing number of construction workers dying from fatal falls in recent years has prompted the federal government to step in and require fall protection on all job sites. But even with more government regulations, accidents can happen. Construction workers need to continue to be concerned for their own safety and the safety of others.
Falls on the job can lead to serious and life-threatening injuries, including broken bones, chronic back pain, and traumatic head injuries that require ongoing medical attention. Some people that have been injured in a construction fall suffer from a severe fear of heights and other anxiety issues that require treatment. Still others die from their injuries, leaving their families to cope with the loss, both financially and emotionally. Don’t go through this alone. We are here to help.
If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of a construction accident, you are urged to contact the Indianapolis Construction Site Accident Attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
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