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6 COMMON CONSTRUCTION SITE ACCIDENTS

By Luke Dow on October 05, 2015

Serious accidents on construction sites are more common than you may realize. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, work zones across America are the sites of more fatal injuries than any other field in the private sector.Fortunately, these accidents are much less prevalent than they once were. For example, construction workers reported more than 90,000 nonfatal injuries and illnesses in 2009.

These injuries often happen when a third party performs work on a construction site and creates a hazard. In these cases, injured workers can bring a third-party claim against the person or company that caused the dangerous condition.

At the Luke Dow Law Firm, we understand how stressful these injuries can be. If you or a loved one was injured on a construction site, call us today to find out if you have grounds for a lawsuit.

Austin personal-injury attorney Luke Dow can structure your claim and handle settlement negotiations. Call our office at 512-518-4104 to schedule a consultation.

In the meantime, read on to learn about six common work zone accidents:

1. Falling Objects

Falling objects on construction sites represent a significant danger to workers. These are particularly common on high-rise developments, where workers may accidentally drop tools, equipment or other construction materials on people below. Falling objects can cause serious injuries to the spine and brain - even if the victim was wearing a hardhat.

2. Electrocution

According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, electrocutions are one of the greatest dangers on construction sites. Exposed wires and electrical systems are common during the building process, and these can cause heart-stopping electrical shocks.

3. Getting Crushed

People on construction sites face a constant danger of getting crushed by large vehicles or machines. This is particularly common when trucks back up to deliver goods, or when they leave busy construction sites. In many cases, these accidents happen due to inadequate building site supervision.

4. Falls

There are several hazards that may cause someone to slip and fall on a construction site. Even a slip and fall at ground level can cause serious injuries, but one that happens at elevation can be fatal.

5. Fires

Fires on construction sites are common. Many work zones come into contact with gas lines and electrical wires, and the combination of these can cause devastating blazes. Some sites may also use explosives, and the improper handling of these can lead to severe injuries.

6. Building Collapses

During the construction phase, buildings are unstable and at risk of collapse. Even with the adequate safety equipment, construction workers can be severely injured or die if an unstable wall gives way.

If you were injured on a construction site and would like to know if you have valid grounds for a lawsuit, contact the Luke Dow Law Firm at 512-518-4104. An Austin personal-injury lawyer from our practice can evaluate your case and fight for the maximum compensation.

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