Construction workers in Grand Prairie face dangers on the job site every single day. Construction workers may face serious injuries from even minor errors committed by themselves, a co-worker, or an employer. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the fatality rate for construction workers is 11 out of 100,000. About six out of every 100 construction workers suffer injuries each year that require recuperation time away from work.
There are a number of types of common construction accidents in Grand Prairie. About 55 percent of construction accidents are caused by slips, trips, and fall accidents. Another common type of accident on construction sites involves falls from ladders and scaffolding. The ladder or scaffolding may be defective or may not have been used appropriately. Falling objects often hit construction workers, causing about 10 percent of all construction fatalities. Electrocutions and explosions are also not uncommon at construction sites. Finally, construction accidents often involve machinery.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is a federal government agency that was established to protect workers in all industries, including construction. OSHA has set up a number of regulations that pertain to the construction industry. In many cases, when a Grand Prairie construction worker is injured, the employer is not following OSHA safety standards.
Typically, injured construction workers are barred from pursuing a civil lawsuit against their direct employer. Often, the only remedy is workers’ compensation. However, if another party other than an employer caused or contributed to a Grand Prairie construction accident, the injured construction worker can seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain, suffering, and more.
Call the Grand Prairie construction accident attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-961-4148 if you have been injured in a construction accident. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.