Baltimore Personal Injury Lawyers: Construction Site Injuries that Lead to LawsuitsMarch 7, 2016
Few people go to work each day expecting to be seriously injured. However, anyone who works in the construction industry knows that the risk is much higher for construction site employees. In fact, according to OSHA statistics, one in five fatal injuries in the United States in 2010 occurred in the construction industry. Close to 60% of those construction site injuries were the result of what OSHA has dubbed the “fatal four.”
The “fatal” four construction accidents include:
- Falls: These types of injuries account for approximately 35% of construction worker deaths every year. The most common types of falls include:
– Falls to lower levels in partially complete buildings
– Falls from ladders
– Falls off or due to the collapse of scaffolds
– Slips and trips
Examples of common causes of falls include the following:
– Slippery, cluttered or unstable surfaces
– Unprotected edges
– Floor holes and wall openings
– Unsafely positioned ladders
– Misused fall protection
- Electrocutions: Electricians are not the only workers who can be exposed to dangerous electrocutions. It is common for construction workers to be exposed to electrocutions. Exposed wires and faulty connections can be a hazard to any worker. These injuries account for 10% of workplace deaths. Electrocution injuries fall into four categories, including:
– Electrocutions (fatal)
– Electric shock
– Falls caused by electrocution
- Struck by Object: Eight percent of construction site injuries or worker deaths are a result of being struck by automobiles or other machinery. OSHA has established safety standards for these vehicles at construction sites. Other common objects that can cause injuries to workers include bricks, tools and other items stored in high places.
- Caught In/Between: These injuries account for four percent of construction deaths. Examples of common injuries include:
– Trench/excavation collapse
– Rotating equipment
– Unguarded parts
– Equipment rollovers
– Equipment maintenance
– Rigging accidents
If an employer or construction worksite owner did not follow the safety standards that have been set forth by OSHA, and an employee was injured as a result, the company may be liable for any injuries caused by the accident. It is in the best interest of the injured worker to consult an experienced Baltimore personal injury lawyer, as construction injury lawsuits can involve a complex network of issues.
Baltimore Personal Injury Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Fight for Victims of Construction Accidents
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a construction accident, the Baltimore personal injury lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton know how to successfully negotiate with insurance companies and employers in order to secure the optimal financial settlement for our clients. For a free consultation, call us at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie and Towson, allowing us to serve clients in Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Parkville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood and Elkridge.