Construction Accident Attorney
Construction sites rank among the riskiest places to work in every U.S. state. Along with mining and agricultural worksites, construction sites pose the greatest risk of worker injury. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), on an average day, 6.5 million people are working at more than 252,000 different construction sites nationwide. The national average and the state average for Rhode Island construction site injuries are much higher than the national and state averages for other types of workplace injuries.
Rhode Island Construction Injury Statistics
In 2010, 731 U.S. workers (or about 9.5 workers per 100,000) died due to catastrophic injuries sustained at construction sites, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Construction sites had the highest overall number of fatal injuries that year, and the rate of deadly injuries was higher than every other industry except agriculture, mining, and transportation. While the rate of fatal construction injuries in the U.S. has been decreasing in recent years, construction remains one of the most dangerous occupations in the country.
In 2009 – 2010, twelve people lost their lives in construction accidents. In light of the number of people employed in the construction industry in Rhode Island, these numbers are above the national average.
Construction accidents are often more severe than other workplace injuries. They can and often do force workers to take significant time off for medical treatment and healing, resulting in lost wages and extraordinary medical expenses. In 2010, the BLS estimates that 18 of every 10,000 construction workers lost at least one day at work due to a construction site injury.
Types of Construction Accidents
A wide range of serious injuries can occur at construction sites. According to OSHA, the most common types of accidents that cause injuries at construction sites include:
- trenches collapsing;
- scaffolding collapsing;
- electric shock;
- failure to be provided with proper protective equipment;
- injuries from repetitive motions or stress; and
- equipment failures.
OSHA regulations cover a wide range of situations in which a construction worker might be injured. These regulations require employers to provide adequate safety measures in most environments, and they provide for penalties if employers fail to protect their employees. In 2010, OSHA’s most commonly-issued safety violations at construction sites included citations for:
- improperly constructed or maintained scaffolding;
- inadequate protection from falls;
- improperly set up or maintained excavations;
- improperly set up or maintained ladders;
- inadequate head protection; and
- inadequate training in general safety and health provisions for construction workers.
Committed to Justice
Companies that fail to provide adequate safety protections for construction workers should be held liable when their failure to provide oversight and their negligence causes serious injury and fatal accidents on the job. Likewise, equipment manufacturers and other third parties whose negligence causes a worker’s injury or death should be held accountable. However, obtaining compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages is not a simple process.
The experienced Rhode Island personal injury attorneys at Marasco & Nesselbush are dedicated to achieving extraordinary results for each of our clients while upholding the highest standard of personal, economic, and social justice. We understand how difficult it is to cope with the financial, physical, and emotional challenges created by construction workplace injuries, which is why we are committed to achieving financial security for our clients. To learn more about how we can help to protect your rights, please fill out the free case evaluation form on this page, or call us today at 401-274-7400 for a free consultation. We have offices conveniently located in Warwick, Wakefield, Woonsocket, and Providence and are here to help you.