Why are There Still So Many Accidents in Construction?

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Whether it be through the nightly news, the radio, or a close friend, it can feel like we are somewhat frequently told about injuries that occur from accidents in construction sites. The worst construction accidents can be life-threatening. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration reported that there were over four thousand (4,000) worker deaths on construction sites in the year 2020.  

One often wonders, with so many Florida rules and regulations in place to ensure the safety of workers on a construction site, why do construction accidents and injuries happen so often? In this blog post, the experienced construction injury attorneys at Clayton Trail Lawyers (“CTL”) explore the answers to some of these head-scratching questions.

Why Are There Still So Many Construction Accidents? 

Construction sites often utilize heavy machinery and dangerous tools. Plus, there are often numerous hazards at construction sites that, taken altogether, create a higher likelihood of worker injury. Below, consider the causes of construction site injuries as a telling indication as to why injuries happen so often: 

Falls Cause the Most Injuries on Construction Job Sites 

Construction workers can often be working in high-rise buildings at extreme elevation levels. At other times, construction workers may be on a homeowner’s roof or suspended in mid-air making repairs to a structure with high-reaching heights. These circumstances often create a higher likelihood of slips and falls—construction workers sustain serious injuries when they fall from serious heights.

Injuries Are Also Caused by Large Objects, Machinery, and Dangerous Tools: 

Construction sites are often filled with enormous, heavy materials like scaffolding or support beams. Construction sites are also home to construction vehicles that have large multi-functional arms, and plows. Moreover, construction workers are tasked with handling hazardous electrically powered tools that can severely injure an operator or bystander.  

These factors often create scenarios where workers are injured from being struck by construction objects or materials. Construction workers may even be caught between objects and construction machinery, or injured by improperly operated machinery. Many of the injuries caused by such circumstances can be life-threatening, or even fatal.  

What Can I Do If I am Injured at a Construction Site? 

If you or a loved one are a construction worker or bystander that has been injured at a construction site, you may be entitled to significant compensation for the damage you sustained as a result of your injuries. Your health and safety are the priority, so immediately and consistently treat any construction injuries you may have sustained.   

Then, you should contact the elite construction and injury attorneys at CTL to assess the merits of your claim. The professionals at CTL will work closely with you to get you the compensation you deserve. With locations in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and the West Palm Beach areas, CTL will have an experienced attorney in your area to fight for you—so that you are can be made whole after your injuries. Contact us today.