Falls are the number one cause of preventable death at construction sites, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Besides falls, a number of dangers can be present every day to workers whose companies fail to provide them with the safe workplace the law demands. Deadly accidents at job sites not only occur in large-scale, high-rise construction, fatal falls and other on the job construction deaths can take place in smaller home and office construction sites. Some smaller-scale construction projects might even present a greater risk to employees, as employers mistakenly think the risk of a job injury is lower and therefore may fail to take necessary preventative actions.
The construction accident lawyers at our offices in Washington, D.C., Fairfax VA and our Greenbelt, Maryland, location have seen firsthand many cases of grieving families whose loved ones have died due to preventable accidents on the job. These families want to know why preventable construction accidents occurred and what can be done to ensure it does not happen to others.
Since our doors opened in 1979, we have worked tirelessly to answer these questions and take legal action against negligent construction companies in and around DC on their behalf. In fact, our work has helped to improve the law for workers nationwide. This includes our work on behalf of workers exposed to asbestos on the job by expanding their rights to file more than one claim in relation to progressing forms of mesothelioma and cancer.
It is the absolute responsibility of employers to have proper safety procedures to ensure their workers stay safe. OSHA recommends a three-part outreach campaign for employers, contractors and subcontractors to reduce construction accidents and injuries to workers. Our DC construction site injury lawyers provide this brief overview of employer responsibility for workplace safety:
When a construction worker is injured or dies in an accident, such as a ladder or scaffold fall, a complete investigation must be performed to understand exactly how and why this happened. These are the minimum questions that must be answered for the worker or surviving family, and this inquiry is the start to ensure such accidents do not occur to others in the future.
The construction site injury attorneys at the personal injury law firm of Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, L.L.P. have decades of experience with workers’ compensation and on-the-job accidents throughout Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Call us today to schedule a free, no obligation case review offered to any construction worker who was injured or a family member lost a loved one in a fatal construction accident.