Construction is consistently one of the most dangerous and physically demanding industries. While steps have been taken to safeguard workers in these types of jobs, it remains inherently dangerous. In 2016, OSHA reported that about one in five employee deaths occurred in the construction industry. Construction’s fatal four, or the top causes of accidents, are responsible for over sixty percent of all construction-related deaths, but there are many common causes for these types of accidents. Thankfully, there are also legal remedies available for injured workers.
Construction-Related Accidents: The Statistics
Incredibly, about one out of every ten construction workers will suffer an injury each year. Statistics show that experience is a major factor when it comes to getting insured on the job in a construction-related field. The U.S. National Library of Medicine determined that the construction industry ranked number two for fatal injuries of employees younger than 18-years-old. Additionally, over sixty percent of all construction-related injuries occur within the person’s first year of employment.
Common Causes of Construction-Related Accidents
According to OSHA statistics, there are four main causes of construction-related deaths. These causes are:
- Getting struck by an object
- Caught in or between objects, collapsing structures, equipment or material
These four causes alone cause an average of 631 American deaths each year. In addition to these causes, constructions workers also commonly suffer injuries from:
- Burns or heat
- Power tools or heavy equipment
- A lack of proper safety or protection equipment
- OSHA safety violations
Legal Remedies for Construction-Related Injuries
Thankfully, workers who are injured on the job or survivors of those killed in work-related accidents can seek out compensation by utilizing the legal remedies available to them. Workers who have been injured may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits to help recover the costs associated with lost wages, rehabilitation, medical expenses and your physical disability. In some situations, the negligent party may not be your direct employer. In construction-related accidents, a contractor’s, engineer’s, supplier’s or architect’s negligence may have contributed to your injury. It may be possible to seek out either a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible party or parties. In other situations, a defective product may have contributed to your injury. In these cases, you may have the legal right to pursue a product liability lawsuit against the equipment manufacturer. Contact a Cherry Hill Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Construction Accident Case in New Jersey Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to a construction accident in New Jersey? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at Garber Law represent clients injured because of construction accidents in Camden, Gloucester Township, Winslow, Pennsauken and throughout New Jersey. Call (856) 281-1480 or email us to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at The Greens of Laurel Oak 1200 Laurel Oak Road, Suite 104 Voorhees, NJ 08043 as well as offices in Philadelphia, PA.