A brick and concrete wall collapsed on a building in Northwest Washington in a construction accident earlier this month, injuring three construction workers. Of the three, two were critically injured. According to EMS workers, the wall was sheared off the side of a hotel and landed in front of the entrance and on top of the three workers.
An investigation into the cause of the accident is underway.
Construction has a dangerous reputation as one of the most dangerous jobs. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 4,386 workers died in 2014. Of that number, at least 899 (approximately one in five) worked in the construction industry.
These numbers show that when proper procedures and safety regulations are not followed, this creates a high-risk work environment. Construction workers are surrounded by heavy machinery, sharp tools and other heavy building materials and can face safety hazards at any given moment. The most common types of construction accidents include the following:
In many cases, injured construction workers can receive workers’ compensation benefits that will help cover medical expenses and lost wages. In some instances, it may even be possible to hold other third-parties accountable, if negligence was involved. Those injured in a construction accident should contact a D.C. workers’ compensation attorney in order to better assess the situation and determine what the right step moving forward is.
The Washington, D.C. construction accident attorneys at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP help those who sustain on-the-job injuries. Call us today, we offer free consultations.