About 5,000 construction workers are killed on the job in the U.S. annually, or about 12 people every day. The construction industry has seen little reform in recent years and fixing the problem appears to be a complex situation.
Construction accidents have become increasingly common. Poor safety training could be the catalyst to the higher construction accident numbers. According to safety experts, most construction accidents occur due to: falling, collapsing scaffolds, electrocution, collapsing trenches and impact.
Ultimately, the job of providing better safety education falls on contractors, unions, and employers. If there is a safety protocol that has been proven to be effective, then it falls on all three parties’ shoulders to ensure the guidelines are shared and enforced.
Having safety protocol and the proper mindset in place is critical to minimizing injury without holding up project completion.
Experts say unions could potentially make the construction industry safer, because a centralized and experienced representative can better negotiate agreements with the employers regarding safety protocols.
If you have been injured while working on a construction site, you need to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Once you have obtained the proper medical care, promptly:
We provide risk free, no charge discussions of construction accidents so that injured workers can learn about their legal rights. Our firm also assists companies in developing procedures to put in place if an emergency does arise at construction sites. Talk with a lawyer from our firm today.
Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, L.L.P. – Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia Construction Accident Attorneys