How Often Are Construction Workers Hurt On Job Sites?

By Peter DePaolis

Every month, more and more construction workers are injured and killed when site managers fail to provide safety instructions and guidelines. Workers should never have their safety compromised for the sake of the boss’ bottom line.

A Virginia construction worker was electrocuted last month on a jobsite and died on the way to the hospital.

Construction AreaThe 24-year-old man had been attempting to secure some rafters so a crane operator could put them on top of a home being built in Jetersville. The rafters apparently came into contact with overhead power lines, sending 14,400 volts of electricity flowing through the unfortunate young man.

Colleagues and emergency crews responded to the fallen worker immediately, but he was unresponsive at the site and died from his injuries while being taken to intensive care.

“I feel sorry for his family, and my heart goes out to them,” said a witness who lives down the street from the work site where the tragedy took place. He says he knows what the family is about to endure, since his own father was killed on a job site just seven months prior. “My dad was walking across a beam on a ladder and fell,” said the witness. “He landed on his head and broke his neck.”

My Jobsite Manager Failed to Follow Safety Guidelines, and I Need a Virginia Injury Attorney

Accidents like these go to show that construction workers need to be prepared for all kinds of situations, and that means better safety training. If you have lost a family member in a construction accident, you may be eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim on his or her behalf. Commemorate your loved one by sharing his or her story on our Facebook page, and then contact us for a free consultation.

Did You Know? Most normal electrical circuits provide up to 20,000 milliamperes of current, enough to cause cardiac arrest, severe burns & likely death.

Koonz McKenney Johnson & DePaolis LLP

Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia Injury Attorneys


About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.