Upon stepping foot on a construction site, there is an expectation that all safety measures and precautions will be followed by your employer and fellow workers. There is an assumption that your colleagues have been given the proper equipment and have received the necessary training. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
Accidents on construction sites typically happen when the equipment or the workplace environment itself is not safe. The harsh reality is that thousands of construction workers are hurt on the job annually.
Most of the injuries are minor and caused by simple accidents. According to a report by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, of the 4,693 fatalities at work in 2016, over 21% were accidents on construction sites. Another unfortunate truth is that many of those accidents could have been prevented, but occurred as the result of someone’s carelessness or negligence.
Safety equipment is not always used. Regulations for safety often go unheeded. Faulty or broken equipment is not replaced quickly enough. Employees sometimes lack the proper safety training. There may be no signage indicating hazardous conditions. The list is endless.
Even though one out of five workplace fatalities occurs on a construction site, working in construction can be a safe career path. Below are just a few ways construction workers and owners can avoid accidents:
The attorneys at Lafferty, Gallagher & Scott have provided representation to many workers who have been hurt while on the job. On behalf of our clients, we have successfully filed suit against responsible parties including contractors and employers. Our construction accident lawyers in Bowling Green can work with you to make complex legal situations simple.
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