In the United States, Construction Workers are More Likely to Die on the Job than Workers in Any Other Occupation. We Represent Families in Construction Fatality Cases Nationwide, and We Don’t Charge Anything Unless We Win.
While working in construction can be dangerous, it doesn’t have to be. Contractors know what it takes to protect their workers, and they have plenty of resources at their disposal. Sadly, many contractors do not do what is necessary — even though they are legally required to do so. As a result, most construction fatalities are avoidable, and in most cases contractors deserve to be held accountable when workers get killed on the job.
At Oberheiden Law, we provide experienced legal representation for families in fatal construction accident cases nationwide. We are passionate about what we do, and we are committed to ensuring that our clients receive the maximum compensation that is available. If your spouse, child, parent, or other family member died on the job, and if his or her death could—and should—have been avoided, we sincerely want to help you recover the financial compensation you and your family deserve.
OSHA’s “Fatal Four”: The Leading Causes of Construction Site Fatalities
According to data from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), more than 20 percent of all job-related fatalities in the United States occur in construction. This makes working in construction the most-dangerous occupation in the U.S. by far. But, despite these statistics, contractors continue to put their workers in harm’s way by ignoring safety standards, failing to provide training and safety equipment, and making other decisions that prioritize profits over safety.
Of the thousands of construction-related fatalities that occur in the United States each year, more than half result from four specific causes. The prevalence of these causes has led OSHA to dub them the “Fatal Four.” According to OSHA, the following factors are to blame for the majority of all fatal accidents on construction sites in the U.S.:
- Falls from Heights – Falls from heights present fatality risks for construction workers in all trades and occupations. While fatal falls can easily be prevented with safe ladders, safe scaffolding, safe railings, and appropriate safety gear for workers, they continue to account for approximately 33 percent of all deaths on U.S. construction sites.
- Electrocutions – Fatal electrocutions are also preventable in almost all cases. The risk of electrocution exists not only for electricians, but also for all other workers who are at risk for coming into contact with hazardous electricity from indoor, outdoor, underground, and overhead sources.
- Being Struck By Trucks, Equipment, and Other Objects – More than 10 percent of construction fatalities result from workers being struck by trucks, heavy equipment, construction materials, debris, tools, and other objects. Here, too, there are numerous ways that construction companies and contractors can mitigate the risk of fatal accidents, and yet even low-cost opportunities to improve worker safety are frequently ignored.
- Being Caught In or Between Construction Site Hazards – As explained by OSHA, “[t]his category includes construction workers killed when caught-in or compressed by equipment or objects, and struck, caught, or crushed in collapsing structure, equipment, or material.” A significant percentage of these fatal accidents also involve workers becoming entrapped in excavated trenches.
Highway Collisions are the Leading Cause of Off-Site Construction Worker Fatalities
Not all construction-related fatalities occur on construction sites. In fact, while the “Fatal Four” are the leading causes of death on construction sites, none of these factors are actually the leading cause of death for construction workers. Out of all possible causes, highway collisions are the leading cause of construction worker fatalities.
From distracted driving to construction truck defects, there are numerous issues that can lead to fatal highway collisions. If your loved one was killed in an accident while driving for work, our lawyers can determine who is liable and seek to recover all available compensation on your family’s behalf. We have extensive experience in motor vehicle accident cases, and we can use our experience to recover the compensation your family deserves. If your loved one’s death was the result of any of the following, we can help you recover just compensation:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk or high driving
- Careless driving
- Reckless or aggressive driving
- Road rage
- Vehicle defect
- Road defect
- Any other accident cause
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