Slips & Falls Are Serious Risks for Construction Workers
Construction sites pose a major risk of work accidents. In spite of strong safety measures and intense training, construction workers do their jobs daily with fear of injury. Slips, falls, falling debris, electrocution, fire and crane accidents are the most common accidents that occur at construction sites. Slip and fall cases are the most prevalent of all construction site accidents.
What Constitutes Slip and Fall?
Slip and fall construction site accidents are generally classified into these four categories:
- Slip and fall – occurs when a person slips on the surface and falls. Wetness, spilled oil, grease or other liquids on the surface are the main causes of such fall.
- Stump and fall – occurs when a person stumbles upon an obstacle on the surface.
- Step and fall – occurs when a person falls due to an unexpected glitch on the surface or a hole in the flooring.
- Trip and fall – occurs when a person trips over a foreign body and falls.
Slip and Fall Accident Statistics
Victims of slip and fall accidents mainly suffer from spinal cord, brain and neck injuries; the result of which could be even fatal. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cites that 15% of all accidental deaths occur due to slips and falls. A 2011 report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics states that in the United States 259 out of 738 deaths related to construction site accidents were due to slips and falls. This accounts for 35% of the total fatalities in the construction field. Survivors of the fall suffer severe health issues and spend all their money on medical expenses, thereby struggling hard to regain a normal life.
Construction workers who have suffered slip and fall injuries while on the job can file a work injury lawsuit to seek settlement for damages incurred. The work accident attorney must prove that the employer is responsible for the fall. Proof of employer negligence and an unsafe working environment need to be established.
If you or your loved ones have suffered a construction site fall, contact us at (888) 204-8440 for a free consultation of your case. Our workers’ compensation attorneys will be able to assist you in receiving maximum compensation for the losses and expenses incurred due to the work accident. Wagner Reese has a proven track record of over 60 years, servicing the entire Indianapolis area.