According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 874 construction workers died while on the job in 2014. That means that approximately two construction workers died every day doing their jobs. There is a range of causes for these accidents, but the most common construction accidents are fatal falls.
There are plenty of safety concerns on a construction job site, and these accidents are normally the result of negligence on someone’s part. The proof that safety concerns are something that both the workers and companies have to consider came in November 2015 following the tragic death of a Texas construction worker.
A Construction Worker Falls To His Death
In May 14, 2015, Texas construction worker Jorge Torres fell to his death while applying stucco to an apartment building in Dallas, Texas. When OSHA investigated the three-story fall, they found that Torres’ employer (Design Plastering, Inc.) was at fault for not providing the necessary scaffolding and personal fall protection to Torres and the other employees.
For the other employees, it was fortunate that they did not experience serious fall accidents. But for the Torres family, the damage is already done.
A Problem On The Rise
The number of fatal falls on construction sites in the United States has risen from 255 in 2010, to 337 in 2014. OSHA
continues to fine negligent employers and offer training for work site safety, but the problem is still on the rise. Fatal falls are only one of the safety concerns that workers face when it comes to construction accidents.
Struck-by accidents that involve workers getting struck by objects or heavy equipment make up nearly nine percent of all work site accidents. Many of these accidents can be avoided if workers and companies resolve to create safe work environments and follow OSHA safety standards.
What Can Be Done?
Construction companies need to take on the responsibility of offering regular safety training for their employees, and investing in the proper safety equipment for every job site. When a job situation calls for scaffolding to be installed, then that scaffolding should include the necessary guard rails and other safety devices to protect workers. All equipment should be properly maintained, and companies need to ensure that workers have the right equipment to get the job done.
Workers need to take on a responsible attitude when it comes to preventing construction accidents. It is up to workers to keep work site clean, and to operate machinery as it was intended. It is also up to workers to utilize the safety equipment they are given, and to ask for instructions on how to use the safety equipment that is unfamiliar to them. If workers and companies take active stances on preventing work site accidents, then a large number of these types of accidents can be prevented.
Protecting Yourself From The Unexpected
Construction workers who feel that they are working in unsafe conditions should talk to their supervisors immediately. If you are involved in a construction accident, then it is important to contact a personal injury attorney
immediately to protect your rights and get the compensation you deserve.
If you have a family member who was killed in a construction accident, then consider hiring a personal injury attorney to protect your family from insurance companies and others who seek to get involved in these situations. A good attorney can help your family to get answers as to what happened, and hold negligent employers responsible for their actions.