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In recent years, many cities in California have witnessed construction booms. With this, however, comes construction accidents. This industry is among the leaders for workplace accidents in the United States.
Just how dangerous is construction work? Consider the facts:
- Approximately 1 in 10 construction workers will suffer an injury at or related to work
- About 60% of construction accidents happen during the worker's first year on the job
- Of all workplace fatalities in the United States, 20% occur as a result of construction work
- Construction workers most at risk for fatal injury are those in the steel and structural iron trade
- A major cause of fatal injuries is falls, including scaffolding falls or falls from roofs
- Exposure to asbestos and toxic chemicals are responsible for 16% of construction injuries
We at Bennett Johnson, LLP are known for providing unparalleled representation to the victims of construction accidents. We pride ourselves on being dedicated to our clients and maintaining a high standard of excellence. In fact, we've recovered more than $500 million in verdicts and settlements.
If you were hurt in a construction accident, discuss your case with us in a free case evaluation.
OSHA Violations at Construction Sites
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) exists to protect the safety of workers by providing their employers with a list of regulations with which they must comply. Failure to abide by these preventative or correctional rules puts employees at a higher risk of being injured or killed.
Despite the inherently demanding nature of construction work, construction companies still have a duty to their employees to provide them with a work site that is free of known hazards. When they are found in violation of OSHA standards, they could face serious penalties and costly fines.
According to OSHA, some of the most commonly cited construction violations include:
- Inadequate fall protection
- Unsafe or faulty ladders
- Inadequate scaffolding
Other common OSHA violations include improper communication of known workplace hazards, inadequate respiratory or other personal protective gear, improper maintenance of industrial machinery or vehicles, dangerous electrical design or faulty wiring, and missing or broken machine guarding.
Helping Injured Workers in the East Bay Since 1981
After an accident, the most important thing is to speak with the right construction accident lawyer so that you can have confidence in your decisions moving forward. That's what Bennett Johnson, LLP is here for. We can help you get through this distressing time. We are here to help you and serve you in any way that we can.
Looking for strong injury representation? Give our construction accident attorneys a call as soon as possible.