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How Do Construction Accidents Happen?

April 19th, 2019 at 11:44 am

Cook County construction worker injury lawyerWhen compared to other occupations, construction workers have a high rate of work-related injuries. These jobs are often physically demanding, and they involve many variables that can lead to fatal accidents or injuries. According to the United States Department of Labor, there were 4,674 work-related fatalities in 2017, and 20% of those deaths occurred in construction accidents.

There are two circumstances in which a construction worker may be able to file a workers’ compensation claim. The first would be for an injury caused by repetition or an occupational hazard – something that was not necessarily the result of a specific instance, but the career as a whole. If a person’s job includes doing the same motions or breathing a hazardous chemical for years, the result may be damage that prevents the employee from continuing their career.

The second type of claim involves cases in which a worker is injured or dies as the result of an accident that took place while they were working. Whether the accident is the employee’s fault or not, they will be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits in most cases.

There are three main types of construction accidents that lead to workers’ compensation claims:

  • Falls – The United States Department of Labor reported that 39.2% of all construction accidents that resulted in death were caused by a fall. Construction workers often do their jobs from high surfaces or structures, and falls from higher than six feet can lead to fatal injuries. Falls can happen because of structural defects, holes or openings in floors or walls, or poorly maintained ladders or scaffolding.
  • Being Struck By an Object – A piece of equipment or material can strike a construction worker suddenly. When an object itself causes an injury, it is considered a struck by object injury. This can include being injured by a construction vehicle, material flying through the air, or material being moved. These injuries can cause brain trauma or even kill the worker on the spot.
  • Electrocutions – Construction workers often do their jobs near live wires, which can lead to electrocution if the proper precautions are not taken. A person can also be electrocuted by fallen power lines or faulty equipment. Electrocutions account for 8.9% percent of fatal construction accidents.

Contact a Chicago Construction Accident Attorney

No matter who is at fault for your construction accident, your medical treatment should be paid for, and if you can no longer work due to an injury, you deserve to receive disability benefits from your company’s workers’ compensation insurance. An experienced Cook County workers’ compensation attorney will make sure you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us at 630-574-2288 to arrange a free consultation.

Sources:

https://www.osha.gov/oshstats/commonstats.html

Scaffolding & Construction Accidents in Illinois

March 11th, 2014 at 12:27 pm

scaffolding accident, construction worker, construction accident, workers compensationPeople go to work and do any number of tasks, from filing paperwork to driving trucks across the country, to cleaning strangers’ teeth, to playing a football game, to constructing houses and buildings. Each of these jobs has different dangers involved. For construction workers, a very dangerous part of their job involves scaffolding.

 There are about 2.3 million construction workers, which make up about 65 percent of the construction industry, that work on scaffolds.

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) within the United States Department of Labor reported information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries as follows:

  • Fifty four fatalities in 2009 were due to scaffolds;
  •  Scaffold accidents that resulted in injuries were attributed to either the planking or the support on the scaffold giving way, or the employees slipping or being struck by an object falling, by 72 percent of the injured workers.

The OHSA most recently updated it’s scaffolding standards in 1996 and has since reviewed studies from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which reported the following:

  • Twenty five percent of workers that were injured on scaffolds had received no scaffold safety training;
  • Seventy seven percent of scaffolds were not equipped with guardrails.

By correctly following the OHSA standards for scaffolds, it is estimated that 50 lives and nearly 4,500 accidents can be prevented every year. These standards include various regulations such as training to prevent employees hazards like “falls, falling objects, structural stability, electrocution, or overloading.”

If you are a construction worker and you have been injured on the job by a scaffold accident, or another work related accident, contact a workers’ compensation attorney for legal assistance. Lawyers at the Law Offices of Francis J Dscipio in Cook County, Ill. are ready to help you file a claim for your scaffold injury today.

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