How Common Are Fatal Construction Accidents?

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How Common Are Fatal Construction Accidents?

In 2013, an average of 12 construction workers died each day due to construction accidents for a total of 4,405 deaths. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) is a federal agency that inspects construction sites for compliance with federal safety laws and regulations.

According to OSHA, over half of the construction site deaths in 2013 resulted from the Fatal Four. The Fatal Four includes:

2013 was a record low for fatal construction accidents. In 1970, America was averaging 38 construction worker deaths a day.

What Safety Regulations Are in Place for Construction Sites?

OSHA works under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, which is a federal law designed to promote safe working conditions by both enforcing standards and providing training and assistance to employers. OSHA conducts worksite investigations, investigates allegations of violations, and fines employers.

In addition, state and local governments may also have state laws or ordinances similar to the Occupational Safety and Health Act. These state plans are OSHA-approved, and OSHA provides funding to help the states conduct health and safety programs.

Common safety requirements for construction worksites include:

Is My Employer Liable for Construction Accidents?

Construction worksites are required by state and federal law to maintain safe conditions for construction workers. This is known as a duty of care. Thus construction worksites must fix any issues that arise, provide safety equipment for dangerous jobs, and train the employees on how to properly and safely perform their jobs.

When the construction worksite fails to do this, it has breached its duty of care. It can be liable for violating labor laws for failing to follow code.

In addition, if an accident occurs that results in an injury or fatality, the employer will be liable for any fines issued by OSHA. The employer may also be liable for negligence and personal injury in a civil lawsuit filed by the construction worker or his/her family.

Do I Need a Lawyer If I’ve Been in an Accident?

Unless the worker is the sole cause of a construction worksite accident, the employer is liable for any injuries or fatalities due to unsafe work conditions. There are a variety of different laws a plaintiff can pursue a case under, such as state labor laws or general theories of negligence. You need an experienced personal injury lawyer to help you navigate any potential claim related to a construction accident.

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Last Modified: 05-04-2015 03:55 PM PDT

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