Working on a construction site can often involve heavy lifting, working with large machinery, and in general, fast-paced hard work. Unfortunately, a variety of injuries can occur when working in the construction field. The following are some of the most common types of work related construction injuries caused by a construction accident.
Most of the time, construction work takes place above ground level, creating situations in which falls could occur. Workers are often on ladders, roofs, and scaffolds, making falls and injuries from falls one of the most common types of work related injuries. Falls can result in a variety of specific injuries such as severe cuts and broken / fractured bones. Spinal cord injuries can also happen.
- “42 percent (325) of the fatalities involved falls.
- 54 percent of the workers killed had no access to a personal fall arrest system, and 23 percent had access to a PFAS but did not use it.
- Most of the workers with no access to PFAS worked for residential building contractors and contractors in the roofing, siding and sheet metal sectors.
- 107 of the 325 falls were from 30 feet or higher.
- 20 percent of the 768 deaths occurred in the victims’ first two months on the job.” Safety and Health Magazine
2. Burns Injury requiring a RI workers compensation attorney
Burns are a major type of injury suffered by construction workers due to the high incidence of explosions and fires on building sites. Dangerous chemicals are many times used on these work sites, which contributes to the increased possibility of fires and explosions occurring. Sometimes simply handling different types of chemicals can cause burns on exposed skin.
- “Between 1992 and 1999, 1,189 fatal thermal burns occurred in the workplace (0.11 deaths/100,000 workers per year)
- “between 1992-1999 the construction industry made up 13.5% of all occupational burn fatalities” Kraft Davies lawyers
The Journal of Burn Care & Rehabilitation, Volume 23, Issue 5, 1 September 2002, Pages 305–310,Published: 01 September 2002. Also see:
3. Head Injuries and construction accident in Rhode Island
There’s a reason it’s usually required for anyone in a construction zone to wear a hard hat. Even when a worker is wearing the appropriate head gear, large objects falling can strike the head and cause serious injuries. Concussions, traumatic brain injury and even more serious long-term brain injuries can result from head injuries in Rhode Island.
- “Workers in small construction companies (<20 employees) were more than 2.5 times more likely than those in larger companies (≥100 employees) to die from a TBI.
- Males were 7 times more likely than females to die from a TBI.
- Older workers (≥65 years) were almost 4 times more likely than younger workers (25–34 years) to have a fatal TBI.
- The TBI fatality rate was significantly higher for foreign-born than for native-born workers.
- Falls, especially from roofs, ladders, and scaffolds, led to >50% of fatal work-related TBIs.
- Structural iron and steel workers and roofers had the highest fatal TBI rate, and TBIs related to falls caused most of their deaths.” CDC blog
4. Hearing Loss
The noise level on many construction sites can be extremely loud. Large machinery, jackhammers, and drills can cause the noise to remain at a level that can permanently damage an individual’s hearing. This type of hearing loss can take place gradually and may not be noticeable for several years. Falling objects that strike that side of the head can even contribute to hearing loss.
5. Heat Stroke
Construction workers are outside year-round in almost all weather conditions. Exposure to the sun coupled with overexertion can sometimes lead to heat stroke. Some symptoms include becoming lightheaded and experiencing nausea. It’s important to seek medical attention before heat stroke becomes more serious. If left untreated it can lead to kidney, heart, and brain damage, and can even cause death. Injuries on work sites in Rhode Island and Massachusetts (MA) can sometimes leave a worker with long-term disabilities. In these cases consulting a Rhode Island construction accident attorney or a RI workers compensation lawyer may be recommended to receive adequate compensation for injuries received and the loss of potential income. Rhode Island personal injury lawyer David Slepkow can help you get the compensation and justice you are entitled to.
Construction accident in RI
If you were injured in the scope of employment, you should contact a Rhode Island workers compensation lawyer. A RI workers compensation attorney can help you get the compensation you are entitled through a RI workers comp claim. If you were injured in the scope of employment in Massachusetts then you should contact a MA construction accident lawyer or Massachusetts workers compensation attorneys.
OSHA reports: “Out of 4,386 worker fatalities in private industry in calendar year 2014, 899 or 20.5% were in construction-that is, one in five worker deaths last year were in construction. The leading causes of worker deaths on construction sites were falls, followed by electrocution, struck by object, and caught-in/between. These “Fatal Four” were responsible for more than half (57.6%) the construction worker deaths in 2014, BLS reports. Eliminating the Fatal Four would save 518 workers’ lives in America every year.
- Falls — 359 out of 899 total deaths in construction in CY 2014 (39.9%)
- Electrocutions – 74 (8.2%)
- Struck by Object – 73 (8.1%)
- Caught-in/between – 12 (1.3%)” https://www.osha.gov/oshstats/commonstats.html
If you were working and were injured by a third party as a result of the negligence of a third party (not your employer) then you may also have a third party claim for negligence as well as a workers comp cause of action. This includes Providence medical malpractice claims as well as product liability causes of action in RI. Many construction accident victims are seeking reliable information about recent construction accidents 2018 and recent construction accidents in 2019. The starting point concerning any construction accident lawsuit in RI is getting a copy of the construction accident report and any police or ambulance report. Also getting media accounts of the accident by searching “construction accident Providence today” or “ri construction accident today.”
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At Slepkow, Slepkow & Associates, Inc. we review and help clients with construction accidents in Rhode Island. RI lawyer David Slepkow was honored to be voted by Rhode Island residents as a 2018 Providence Journal Readers’ choice award recipient, third place. The law firm of Slepkow Slepkow & Associates, Inc. was also a third place finalist in the 2018 Providence Journal Reader’s choice awards. Please call David Slepkow at 401-437-1100.