Construction accidents might cause more harm than leave someone suffering from a minor injury. Connecticut workers may face deadly risks when working at a construction site as many incidents could result in fatalities. In particular, four dangers loom over construction sites, and workers should learn about them. Being aware of these dangers could help with decreasing fatal outcomes.
Four deadly hazards
Research conducted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reveals four incidents contributing to fatal construction site accidents. These four fatal factors cause the bulk of deadly accidents on the job.
It comes with little surprise that falls result in fatalities. Many construction workers perform duties at heights, and falls from unfinished open windows or slipping off a ladder may result in severe impact injuries. Even a ground-level fall can kill as someone slipping on a wet floor might suffer a skull fracture.
Certain hazards present extreme dangers, such as live wires. Individuals risk being electrocuted when working on projects that involve electrical lines. Being mindful of where these lines are and wearing proper safety equipment could help prevent an accident.
Avoiding being struck by a falling object could be impossible in some situations. Tools can fly out of a person’s hands, and sometimes, objects drop from great heights. Persons hit by falling objects might not survive. And the same could be true with caught-between and caught-in accidents. Persons crushed by moving machinery or struck by vehicles are examples of such accidents.
People hurt in construction accidents could explore their legal options to receive compensation. Workers’ compensation may not be the only way to receive financial support as lawsuits against third parties might lead to a substantial judgment. If someone dies in an accident, the family could file a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible party.
A victim or his or her family might file for workers’ comp and sue an employer under certain narrow circumstances. Gross negligence or deliberate actions might support this approach.