In 2015 there were 4,379 worker fatalities in the private industry and 21.4% were in construction. The “fatal four" injuries that contributed to 57 percent of the fatalities in the construction industry were falls, caught between objects, electrocutions and struck by objects.
Falls: Accounting for over 35% of the total deaths in the construction industry, OSHA predicts that better fall protection could save more than 400 lives every year. Wall openings, floor holes, ladders, scaffolding, roofing, and unprotected edges are just a few of the hazards that may contribute to a worker’s fatal fall.
Struck By Objects: Unsecured tools and equipment, as well as falling building materials or debris, are often the culprits of these types of accidents. Unsecured tools and equipment, as well as falling building materials or debris, are often the culprits of these types of accidents.
Electrocutions: If the system is not correctly configured, or if a critical safety regulation has been violated, the worker could sustain a fatal electrocution injury.
Caught in/between: Construction workers are at risk of getting caught in or between large vehicles, walls or concrete, and these types of accidents led to 12 deaths in 2014.
Construction accident attorneys in Jacksonville FL can help you establish your family’s right to compensation, negotiate with insurance companies, and build your case for a hearing or trial if needed – so that you can focus on taking care of yourself and those you love.