Construction workers help build our nation's infrastructure. This work includes many hazardous tasks and conditions such as working at high altitudes, excavations, power equipment, and electricity. Construction is one of the most high-risk occupations in the United States; however, when working at a construction site, it's a common assumption that you will be safe and out of harm's way. Construction workers should be able to trust the equipment and environment that they're working with.
All too often, construction accidents occur when individuals least expect it. This could be because safety regulations aren't properly followed or laid out, dangerous equipment isn't properly serviced or functional, employees are not trained to the greatest possible extent, or because warning signs and proper labels haven't been posted for the employees.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that construction workplace fatalities rose 5% in 2012, the first annual increase in six years. There seems to be a common trend among recent statistics showing the dramatic increase in construction worker fatalities in the United States. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 3,929 worker fatalities were reported in 2013. Out of these fatalities, one-fifth was caused in the field of construction. The most common frequently cited standard by Federal OSHA in 2013 was Fall Protection. Often times, the construction company itself can be held liable for injuries caused on the job. It's important to find out the truth so that you can potentially get the compensation that you deserve.
If you've been involved in a construction accident, or sustained injury on the job, you may be entitled to compensation. When you've lost time from work, or suffer from disability and pain because of a construction injury, then it's time to contact the experienced personal injury lawyers at Lipkin & Higgins. If you think you may have a case, then we want to help. Our attorneys will handle your case diligently to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve for your construction injury.