Top 4 Causes Of Construction-Related Deaths

Working in construction can be very dangerous, especially when you consider all of the hazards these workers must face on a daily basis — ranging from toxic chemicals and live wires to large machinery and poorly erected scaffolding.

However, while you can probably find countless dangers on any given construction site, most construction-related deaths can be attributed to just four causes, which the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has dubbed the "Fatal Four":

  • Falls: Even though the numbers can fluctuate from year to year, falls often account for nearly 40 percent of construction worker deaths annually.
  • Struck/hit by objects: This is another major contributor to construction worker fatalities and includes instances in which workers are hit by heavy equipment or struck by falling objects.

  • Electrocutions: While not as common as the two hazards above, it is still a serious concern for construction workers.
  • Caught-between/in accidents: Essentially, these types of accidents involve situations in which workers become trapped or compressed by machinery or objects, or when they are caught or crushed by equipment, materials or collapsing structures.

Even though the lives of literally hundreds of construction workers could be saved every year if these dangers were eliminated, the sad reality is that they probably aren't going anywhere — especially on construction sites in which contractors and property owners blatantly ignore safety regulations.

What Are My Legal Rights? Is There Anything I Can Do?

If you have suffered a serious injury or a family member has been killed in a construction-related accident, it is important to remember that you may have several legal options available besides workers' compensation.

In fact, you may be able to file a claim using one of New York's many labor laws, including Labor Law Section 241 and Section 240, which is otherwise known as the Scaffolding Law.

However, this process can be quite complex, which is why you should always contact one of the experienced catastrophic injury attorneys at Edelman & Edelman, P.C., before simply seeking workers' comp. We understand what it takes to maximize your recovery, so call us today at 212-235-1197 to schedule your free consultation. You can also reach us online.

We encourage you to read more about the firm and review the many successes our lawyers have had over the years. Quite simply, you cannot afford to entrust your case to anyone else.

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