Construction Sites – Most Prone to Work-related Accidents

Posted by on Jun 24, 2014 in Construction Accidents | 0 comments

The Willow Island disaster in April of 1978, which killed 51 construction workers who were all working on a scaffold, is considered the largest construction accident in the history of the United States. So many more construction site accidents happened before and after this one tragic event, all severely injuring scores of workers and taking the lives of many others.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics records about 150,000 job-related injuries annually in construction sites alone, making industrial jobs the most dangerous of all types of works. To ensure safety in construction sites, in particular, and in all workplaces, in general, the US government passed into law the Occupational Safety and Health Act, or OSH Act, in 1970 which, after a year, established the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHS’ main concern is to implement the mandate on safe and healthy working conditions in every working environment for the benefit of all employees.

In 2012, of the 4,175 deaths involving employees in the private sector, 806 were construction workers. The top four causes of deaths, which OSHA came to call the “Fatal Four,” include: falls; being struck by something, such as a truck, crane, a falling wall, a falling object or other heavy tool or vehicle; electrocution; and, being caught-in/between.

On its website, Hach & Rose, LLP, points out the necessity of construction jobs, yet also affirms the many dangers construction workers are regularly exposed to. Thus, property owners, contractors, machinery manufacturers and all workers have the responsibility of doing their part in keeping working sites as safe as possible to avoid untoward incidents, which, in reality, can be avoided.

When an accident occurs, however, then hiring a highly-competent legal counsel, such as a Milwaukee construction accident lawyer, would be much advised. He or she would be able to help the accident victim assess the extent of the injury, correctly fill out claims forms and file everything within the statutory period.

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Todos tenemos derecho de acceder a diferentes servicios, especialmente servicios legales, los cuales son otorgados a quienes luchan por sus derechos básicos. Esto es particularmente cierto en los Estados Unidos, donde las leyes promueven la protección de derechos de todos los individuos reconocidos. Es por eso que a pesar de la nacionalidad, ya sea nacido o (registrado o no-registrado) inmigrante, nadie tiene derecho a la privatización de sus derechos. Por lo tanto, buscar ayuda legal de un abogado altamente competente o una firma legal puede llegar a ser sumamente desafiante, más de lo que uno puede llegar a imaginar. Es por eso que es necesario un buen abogado o firma legal que no esté limitada por el lenguaje. Debajo de este párrafo se encuentra una lista de recursos legales en español, donde esperamos pueda proveer el nivel de asistencia legal que usted puede llegar a necesitar.

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