Statistics from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that the construction industry is one of the most dangerous. In 2014, of the 4,251 worker fatalities, the construction industry reported 874 fatalities, meaning that one in five worker deaths were in the construction industry. Furthermore, its estimated that over a 45 year career, a construction worker has a 75% chance of experiencing a disabling injury and a 1-200 chance of being fatally injured.
Although the number of deaths may seem high, it is not surprising when considered in light of the vast number of hazards that construction workers face every day. Construction sites are dangerous places due to the presence of many workers, heavy equipment, and power tools. To add to the danger, workers are often perched high above the ground on scaffolding or ladders. The inherently unsafe nature of construction work results in many injuries and deaths each year, many of which are the result of:
The list of potential hazards is virtually endless. Unfortunately, many accidents are preventable and occur because of improper employee training or a failure to follow safety regulations. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, eliminating the “Fatal Four” – falls, electrocution, struck by object, and caught-in/between – would save 508 workers’ lives in America per year.
Determining which party is at fault in a construction accident can be complicated. There are usually multiple companies employed on a single construction site, each using different equipment and performing different tasks. The responsible party may be:
It often happens that multiple parties are responsible for construction accidents. This means that recovering damages for an accident can be complicated because each party must be pursued separately. Dealing with numerous insurance companies increases the complexity of construction claims as each party seeks to shift responsibility. It’s also important to note here the difference between workers’ compensation claims and third party personal injury claims. Although you may receive benefits for medical expenses and lost income via workers’ compensation benefits, pain and suffering and other loses are only available through a third party personal injury claim. Massachusetts law dictates that you may not file a lawsuit against your employer, but speak with your attorney to see if there are other parties to blame from whom you can seek damages.
Time is of the essence for construction claims; evidence disappears and memories fade. Valuable evidence is lost simply through the passage of time. If you have been injured on a construction site, it is important to speak with an attorney as soon as possible following the incident. Contact our team of Boston construction accident lawyers today for a free consultation and see how we can help restore your health and peace of mind.